The Underground Catacombs in Paris, France

Paris Catacombs

The Catacombs of Paris (French: Catacombes de Paris) are an underground network of old caves, quarries and tunnels in Paris, France, which holds the remains of more than six million people.



Five interesting facts about the Catacombs of Paris:

  • They have their origins in the limestone quarries – this natural resource has been in use since the time of the Romans, and provided construction material for the city’s buildings.
  • The site received the remains from all the cemeteries of Paris between 1786 and 1814.
  • The remains of more than six million people rest in the 1.7 km (1.05 mi) labyrinth of tunnels.
  • The site was open to public visitation in 1867.
  • The height of the tunnels is 1.8 m (5.8 ft) and the temperature is 14°C (57°F).


Paris Catacombs
Tunnel, the Catacombs of Paris

Paris Catacombs
Tunnel, the Catacombs of Paris

Tunnel, the Catacombs of Paris
Tunnel, the Catacombs of Paris

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Tunnel, the Catacombs of Paris

Fossil
Plaster cast of the fossil Campanile giganteum, the Catacombs of Paris

Paris Catacombs
Port Mahon sculptures, the Catacombs of Paris

Paris Catacombs
Skulls and bones from the former Holy Innocents' cemetery, the Catacombs of Paris

Paris Catacombs
Carefully arranged skulls and bones, the Catacombs of Paris 

Paris Catacombs
Carefully arranged skulls and bones, the Catacombs of Paris 

Paris Catacombs
Carefully arranged skulls and bones, the Catacombs of Paris 

Paris Catacombs
Skulls and bones from the former Magdeleine cemetery, the Catacombs of Paris

Paris Catacombs
Crypt of the Sepulchral Lamp, the Catacombs of Paris

Paris Catacombs
Cross-shaped formation with skulls, the Catacombs of Paris

Paris Catacombs
"At death we leave everything", the Catacombs of Paris


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Are you planning to visit Paris soon? You can find information about opening times and ticket prices for visiting the Catacombs of Paris at: http://www.catacombes.paris.fr

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