Situated about 20 metres below Paris, the somewhat macabre display of human bones that is the Catacombs is a labyrinth of dark tunnels composed of the remains of the city’s former cemeteries. Approximately six million Parisians were moved to the site between the late 18th and mid-19th centuries as graveyards began to close due to the risk they posed to public health.

This attraction takes the form of a 45-minute tour, covering about two kilometres underground and offers up a unique insight into the 200-year history of the city’s populous. Do bring a coat as it’s chilly down there and note that this tour is not ideal for young children or the elderly as there are 130 steps down and 83 back up.

Location

This predominantly residential Left Bank neighbourhood is also the home of the popular local flee market Puces de Vanves.

Paris Catacombs
1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau), 75014
+33 1 43 22 47 63

 

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