Walking around the catacombs of Paris
The Catacombs of Paris is a truly unique place, which can’t be usually found in the colorful guides for the tourists. Nevertheless, one really needs to visit this amazing place. People say that it’s the place, where the entrance to hell and ancient vampires of Paris can be found.
The overall length of the catacombs is more than 200 kilometers, while the tourists are able to see only a part of this gloomy location. However, you can be sure that you will have a lot of new feelings and emotions even after a short walk around the shady pathways surrounded by human bones.
History of the Catacombs in the outskirts of Paris
Curve underground tunnels appeared as a result of the limestone production, which was used to create palaces, temples, and castles in Paris. The average size of the catacombs is around 11,000 square meters, and more than 6 million people are buried here.
Do you want to feel the adrenaline rush during a visit to romantic Paris? You will definitely get it during a visit to the Catacombs of Paris – underground pathways, where more than 6 million people were buried.
Abandoned Catacombs of Paris were used as the last hideaway of the victims of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew and people, who suffered and died from the plague. After performing special disinfection procedures, the bones and the skulls were put on each other in order to create solid walls. At the end of the 17th century, an ossuary was created here, i.e. circular galleries with the remaining parts of the dead people.
In the 18th century, there was a real danger of a collapse of the catacombs. Luis XVI ordered to perform special works to enforce the structure of the catacombs. That was the moment when the place was called the City of Darkness. During the World War 2, the Catacombs of Paris were used as a hideaway for partisans, while a lot of crazy parties were carried out in the very same location.
What’s included in the tour
The touristic part of the catacombs lasts for 1.5 kilometers and looks mysterious and scary at the same time. At the beginning of your journey to the underground of Paris, you will enter a small building located right next to Denfert-Rochereau subway station.
In addition to the numerous bones and skulls, one can find a lot of paintings and art from different times, as well as many monuments and other artifacts. One can clearly see the dark line that was used as a guide for the workers, as well as numerous tracks of the hammers and pickaxes.
The tour lasts for 45 minutes and includes several parts of the catacombs, including a labyrinth, a studio and a gallery of the inspector. One can enter only with a touristic group, and no solo tours are allowed. Only kids of at least 14 years old and adults can participate in the tour.