CATACOMBS OF PARIS

Opening Hours:

08:00am – 18:00pm

Excursion Details:
  • The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries in Paris, France, which hold the remains of more than six million people in a small part of a tunnel network built to consolidate Paris’ ancient stone mines. Extending south from the Barrière d’Enfer former city gate, this ossuary was created as part of the effort to eliminate the city’s overflowing cemeteries.
  • Twenty meters underground in a maze of galleries, visitors will discover an ossuary containing the remains of several million Parisians. This unique site recalls the history of these Parisians and invites visitors to take a timeless journey.
  • Visitors can access the Catacombes from Place Denfert-Rochereau. Six million bones from various Parisian cemeteries rest in the 1.7 km labyrinth of tunnels. The height of the passages is 1.8 m and the temperature is 14 degrees.
  • With the aim of adding an educational aspect to the circuit, Héricart de Thury had two cabinets built in the style of traditional cabinets of curiosities; one was dedicated to mineralogy, the other to pathology. The pathology cabinet showed specimens that referred to bone illnesses and deformations, as established by the research of Dr. Michel-Augustin Thouret in 1789.
  • Another pedagogical tool are the plaques featuring religious and poetic texts that are found throughout the galleries. They encourage visitors toward introspection and a meditation on death.
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