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The Catacombs

#54 of 1,056 things to do in Paris
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Address: 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
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A genuine labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris, the Catacombs were...

A genuine labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris, the Catacombs were fitted out in the galleries of former quarries. Twenty metres underground, the ossuary houses the remains of approximately six million Parisians, gradually transferred between the

end of the 18th century and the mid 19th century, as the capital's cemeteries were closed for health reasons. Along a tangle of dark galleries, visitors discover a presentation of death with bones arranged in a romantic macabre decor. This unique site is a moving testimony to the history of Parisians and invites visitors on a timeless journey.

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I have wanted to visit the Parisian Catacombs since I first learned of their existence roughly 20 years ago. First impression; you walk down a long circular staircase deep... read more

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Even though it is macabre, the ancient lime mines that were used for the final resting place of the bones of people buried in the different cemeteries in Paris were fascinating. There are the bones of six million people placed in these mines. They have been stacked in intricate manners and are also done in artistic designs. Hearts and crucifixes... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have wanted to visit the Parisian Catacombs since I first learned of their existence roughly 20 years ago. First impression; you walk down a long circular staircase deep underground. They give you some basic geological information as to how the layer of limestone was created millions of years ago. Next you walk though a fairly long and narrow corridor.... More 

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I thought it was a bit costly but overall we're glad we went. Over 6 million humans lie beneath Paris and learning about the process and why was well worth it. Many, many other people were going at the same time which made it not so creepy.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite an interesting tour and very informative if you're into the macabre. Be sure to get there early as you can as there are long queues round the corner of the street and try and avoid weekends.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You want interesting history...checked. You want unforgettable and fun..checked. You want stairs, yep! My husband and I had a great time and learned so much. We rented the audioguide and it made a difference as we were guided through the history of the tunnels but also we were able to walk it at our own pace which allowed us to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I found this place fascinating when I visited on my own over ten years ago but, this time, we went with a guided tour and the experience was significantly enhanced. Our guide, Charlie, from City Wonders Ltd., was delightful and informative, so we learned about the historical reasons for the movement of cemetery remains to this ossuary, as well as... More 

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We did not expect these catacombs to be so extensive and were amazed at the somber memorial they have become. If you are claustrophobic this might not be a place to tour.

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This is a place where you should be thankful of the queue. The fewer people that enter at a time the more enjoyable it will be. Audio guide is free but terrible... unless you care about the shale deposits in Paris during the Paleolithic era... just take it and say thank you. Everything they say is written on the wall.... More 

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Must see in Paris very strange. Get 27 euro ticket from paris tourist offices to skip queue. Normal ticket about 12 euro but long queues. Mornings busiest but with fast pass ticket went straight in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So much of the history of Paris is contained in these quite surreal catacombs - most of Paris was built from the limestone mined here... and then they re-interred 6m bodies here when the cemeteries of Paris over-flowed. Macabre but super interesting. If you're staying in the North of Paris, this is a half day trip to get there, get... More 

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