The Catacombs of Paris (Les Catacombes de Paris) came into use as a burial place for Parisian bones in the eighteenth century following the overpopulation of Parisian cemeteries and the closure of the Cemetery of Innocents (Les Innocents).
The Catacombs are underground quarries encompassing a portion of Paris’ old mines near Place Denfert-Rochereau and, at the time, were outside the city gates. The official decision to use the quarries was made on 9 November 1785 and they were blessed on 7 April 1786, following which bones from the Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs cemetery were moved there. Further remains were amassed at the Catacombs of Paris over the years, including those who died in several riots during the French Revolution. Overall, approximately six million human skeletons lie within the Catacombs of Paris.
A fascinating, unusual and somewhat haunting tourist attraction, The Catacombs of Paris are well worth a visit for those who are not claustrophobic or easily spooked. A tour of the Catacombs takes approximately an hour and involves climbing 83 steps.
To get to the Catacombs of Paris you can take both the Metro and the RER B to Denfert-Rochereau station. Buses 38 and 68.
The Catacombs of Paris are open 10am-5pm daily. Last entry at 4pm. Closed Mondays and public holidays. Entry costs €8 full, €6 reduced, €4 for youth ticket, free for 13 years and under. Guided tours cost €4.50 full, €3.80 reduced for individuals on top of entry fee. Group/school discounts available. Long queues make arriving well before the closing time advisable.
Les Catacombes de Paris, 1, Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, Fran
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