The Catacombs of Paris: A Ghostly Underground Labyrinth
Make your guided descent into the ghostly depths of the Catacombs.
- Leave the sunlight of leafy Paris and descend 130 steps.
- Navigate the labyrinth of dimly lit passageways, burials and caves.
- Learn how 6 million Parisians came to be buried 70 feet below the city.
- Hear how the French Resistance utilised the caves during Nazi occupation.
- Enjoy fascinating narration and storytelling to reveal its chilling history.
- Climb out of the darkness onto the bustling streets of the 14th arrondissement.
Discover a hidden, ancient world of mystery and death. A 180-plus-mile maze of tunnels lying beneath the cafés, sleepy flats and pâtisseries of Paris. Once a network of old limestone quarries, they served as a depository for the skeletons of some six million Parisians that overcrowded city cemeteries in the 18th and 19th centuries. Not for the feint-hearted, you will pass along low, dimly lit caves dripping with water droplets. The air is cool at this depth. The walls of the passageways are lined 10 feet deep with skeletal remains, artfully stacked and placed.
Cared for and led by your expert guide, you will seamlessly navigate the complex tangle of caves and passageways. Learn about the fascinating history of the tunnels, of famous Parisians who are thought to be buried here. Hear of the desperation of Parisian government to relieve the overflowing, diseased city cemeteries. And how it was used by French Resistance during Nazi occupation. Do something that is totally unforgettable.