The visitor’s guide says that the catacombs store the bones of around six million Parisians, not three million as stated in a previous post. When I went there I expected I would get the full effect of that (well okay, not quite the full effect, but still!) by walking through whole rooms where the walls were dressed with bones and so on. After about 500 meters of boneless corridor there’s basically just more corridor though, except it’s lined with bones. In any case, this is a very special place to visit if you can even begin to realize what it is you’re actually surrounded by. I recommend going with someone who can translate the French/latin quotes among the bones, unfortunately they are not translated into English (the inscription over the entrance to the catacombs that I’ve quoted in the title is the only inscription translated in the visitor’s guide). Be sure to arrive before 1 o’clock for shorter lines, and if you don’t pick up a visitor’s guide at the entrance, bring a map. We had no idea how to get back to our car near the entrance when we walked out into the daylight again, you feel like you walk out into the middle of nowhere.over 2 years ago
Les Catacombes aka: Catacombs of ParisThe Scariest Places in the World.
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Not as scary or cold or wet as I had envisioned. A very special place.
And when they say “do not touch anything” that includes not placing your camera on a pile of bones to take photos by using a timer!
And when they say “do not use flash, no flash photography allowed” they mean turn off the flash on your camera. If you don’t know how to do that or you are not sure, just don’t take any photos in this sacred place. Down in the catacombs is not the time to try to learn how to do anything new with your camera. Freaking tourists, eh?over 5 years ago
They always seem to be closed, but when you finally make it down, you’ll find that it’s well worth the trip. Pay attention to the dates on the walls after you get down the spiral staircase. There are bones behind them walls, it makes it a little bit freakier thinking about that. This place goes on forever and is really one of the most amazing sights I’ve ever seen.over 6 years ago
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