Catacombes de Paris
Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing
These underground tunnels date from the Roman period, when quarries were created to obtain building stone. Most sit at the base of Parisian hills like Montparnasse, Montrouge and Montsouris. In the... Read More
These underground tunnels date from the Roman period, when quarries were created to obtain building stone. Most sit at the base of Parisian hills like Montparnasse, Montrouge and Montsouris. In the late 18th-century, authorities began to use the caverns and tunnels to deposit bones exhumed from medieval cemeteries that had become unsanitary. During WWII, the catacombs were home to the French Resistance. Today, they're open to the public, who can view artfully arranged bones from years past. Miles of tunnels are still uncharted, but this 2km route, reached down a steep staircase, is well-lit and a constant 14°C. METRO: Denfert-Rochereau
1, pl Denfert-Rochereau
- Sightseeing, Historic Sites: "Dazzling urban legends surround the catacombs, from cult worshipping to secret societies holding midnight candlelight vigils. It definitely adds to the entertainment factor when viewing all these old bones lodged deep beneath Paris."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: This is a fun and slightly spooky outing, perfect to do with kids. And watch out! You just might learn some Parisian history, too.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: The remains of an estimated six million people are kept here in these underground ossuaries of Paris, known as the catacombs.