The last shelter of the dead – Catacombs of Paris

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” – George Eliot

One of major attractions in Paris are the famous Catacombs, situated near Place Denfert-Rochereau. When visiting Paris for the first time we missed  the place, so we decided to take a chance and visit it this year.

The last home of thousands of bones, moved from the cemetery of Innocent in 18th century, is now one of the most famous attractions in Paris, however it is not so simple to get into the catacombs. The queue to the entrance is quite long as only 200 visitors are allowed in at once. There rigorous controls of your belongings both on the way in and out, are done to ensure that nobody will steal any bones from the underground bone chambers.

The sight that opens up when you go down the spiral stairs into the catacombs is not so horrible at first, as what you see is a long lit corridor leading into darkness…

Paris Catacombs Tunnel

Paris Catacombs Tunnel

The further down you go, the colder it gets and the place gets more scary by the minute.  The walls are built of bones and sculls and at some spots the patterns of hearts and crosses are created with sculls, which makes the whole place even more terrifying.

The catacombs are about 2-2,5 km long, but it feels like eternity when you have to pass wall after wall with empty sculls overlooking your every step. Here are some photos from this horrible place:

When we went out it felt like we were covered in bone dust and smelled of death. It took a long shower, long sleep and long walk to get rid of the horrible feeling.

Have you visited the place and if not, would you like to?


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