"Creepy and Fascinating!" Catacombs Tip by garridogal

Catacombs, Paris: 56 reviews and 106 photos

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I can't tell you why but I really wanted to see the catacombs. Maybe it's because I used to love watching that "Cities of the Underworld" show on the History channel. Or maybe it's because I have a taste for the macabre. Along with the gargoyles, I think this was the most interesting thing I did in Paris.

After descending around 300 steps you enter a series of underground tunnels that go on for quite a while. It's dark and murky and damp. Some areas are closed off by gates which just adds to the intrigue. Along the way you'll also find sculptures in the wall of places around Paris.

Finally, you reach L'Empire de la Mort. Room after room after room of skeletal remains are stacked neatly along the wall, often with the skulls being used in a decorative manner. Is it morbid? Yes! Is it interesting? You bet!

I'll estimate that there are the remains of thousands of departed down there. Check it out!

Address: Place Denfert-Rochereau, 14e
Directions: Open Tuesday-Sunday 2-4 (also 9-11am at weekends) Metro Station: Denfert-Rochereau
Phone: +33 1 43 22 47 63
Website: http://www.catacombes-de-paris.fr/english.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 21, 2009
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