Skip the Line - Catacombs of Paris

Skip the Line - Catacombs of Paris

Explore a part of Paris that few visitors ever see on this tour. Be prepared to unearth the heart of...

2 hours
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Paris, France

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Paris Skip the Line Catacombs Guided Tour

Paris Skip the Line Catacombs Guided Tour

Discover the underground sights of this historical mass burial site just beneath the city center! Le...

1 hour and 30 minutes
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Paris, France

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About Paris Catacombs of Paris

Near the end of the 18th century, there was nowhere to store the dead but in the limestone quarries under the city, first used by the Romans. Graveyards and charnel houses were overflowing with bodies, becoming a source of deadly diseases in nearby districts. The city officials thus decided to discreetly transfer their dead to another resting place—the quarries that had long been exhausted and abandoned. Thigh bones punctuated with skull bones and morbid quotations are stacked along the walls of the complex tunnel system (over 300 km long), which extends beyond the tourist-designated 14e arrondissement to the 5e, 6e, 12e, 13e, 15e, and 16e arrondissements. Since 1955, exploring the tunnels unescorted by official guides has been illegal—for good reason. It is very easy to get lost in underground Paris, or les carrières de Paris—the official title of Paris's most famous burial place; some passages are practically touching the ground, extremely narrow, and partially flooded. Still, for some thrill-seekers, calling themselves cataphiles, there's nothing like spending time with the dead. And the police who patrol the tunnels, the cataflics, continue to play cat-and-mouse with cataphiles.

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