Catacombs

Paris
Ile de France
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Hidden underneath Paris, in the quarries that were once mined for the stone that built Paris, is a gruesome tomb where the skeletons of over 6 million Parisians are stacked and arranged. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, all of Paris' dead were exhumed and placed in these catacombs because of the lack of burial grounds.

Today, visitors can tour the underground tunnels filled with bones artfully arranged in a 'romantico-macabre' style. Suitable footwear is recommended as it can be wet in the tunnels and there are steep spiral staircases on the way in and out.

Places to visit nearby

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