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February 18, 2003
This system is partly older than the metro, it’s a huge tunnel system covering the entire area of the historic centre. It caused a lot of problems in the past, not only because it weakened the towns surface and randomly caused breakdowns (once a whole street cracked down), but also because people discovered it for their adventure and some even lived or hid there for some reason.
The officials tried to close the entrances to this system. There’s only one part open for the public and it´s really worth seeing. It’s the part where former officials of the town (18th century) decided to help out with the current graveyard problem. They ordered to collect the bones from the graveyards and piled them up in the catacombs. They did this in a certain order: you can recognise which historical graveyard belongs to which part, also famous abbey’s and monastery’s graveyards have been removed. They piled them up in orderly fashion, each type of bone together. It looks totally unreal, it’s hard to imagine that these are the former Parisians who built and made the city. They also formed pictures, warnings, and messages out of the bones in the piles, which makes the sight even more grotesque.
You don’t have to be afraid about safety or your health, it’s an official tourist sight run by the Parisian officials. I really recommend to go there, just because you won’t forget it and it’s another important part of Parisian history, one people just like to ignore. You find the Catacombs not far away from the assembly hall. Try to find out the opening times, they are quite short and change between seasons. The entrance was 4 Euros last time, but this year all prices went up, so I guess you’ll have to pay more. Take a torch and a strong flashlight in case you want to take pictures.
From journal Paris for advanced
November 5, 2002
From journal Autumn Paris
Kansas City, Missouri
May 9, 2001
Before you make the trek out that way, make sure you check with a tourist info center or your hotel concierge to see if the Catacombs are open or not. BTW, there is not much else to see in that area of town.
I've heard that the Catacombs are "highly recommended," so I'll rate it that way. Either way, I "highly recommend" that you find out the status of this site before you make the journey...
From journal The highlights of Paris for a 5-day trip
Sea Girt, New Jersey
February 16, 2001
Rumor has it that Charles X threw wild parties in the catacombs just before the Revolution, and the French Resistance brought the place to life during WWII when they set up their headquarters in the underground graveyard.
The passageways are given "street' names, and there are proverbs engraved into the walls at some points. I don't remember at this time what they said, but I do remember that they were often witty and ironic. At the entrance to the catacombs is a sign which reads "Stop! Beyond here is the empire of death!"
The catacombs are a lot of fun to visit. The history and creepiness of it all is fascinating - don't miss it! Admission is about 29F (there is also a cheaper student rate with proof of ID).
From journal Winter in Paris