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CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
January 5, 2011
From journal The most beautiful city in the world
North Palm Beach, Florida
February 25, 2006
From journal Paris in February
July 20, 2007
From journal Vive La Paris
November 5, 2002
From journal Autumn Paris
September 6, 2005
When you arrive outside the little building, you have no idea how big the place actually is. You get inside, and walk down what seem to be an endless array of spiral stairs (By then, I was quite sick of them, I had just been to Notre Dame and St. Chappelle), you walk into a labyrinth of hallways filled with the bones of thousands upon thousands of bones set up in an almost grisly display of what the plague forced people to do with their dearly departed.
From journal Paris, France
April 25, 2005
Experience the thrills and fears while walking in this narrow passageway. Try this yourself without anyone near you. You would get so scared, even though you know that it is a museum and that the bones, skulls, and skeletons belong to people of a few centuries before!
From journal A Fall Idyll in Paris
by wanderer 2005
January 26, 2005
Plan your visit carefully, as the hours are limited. Tours are available Tuesday through Friday 2pm to 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm.
From journal Right or Left Bank?
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
May 16, 2004
From journal Photography in Paris
March 19, 2004
Ultimately, we reached an opening in the tunnel, and we saw the sign at the top of this page--which translates: "Stop! Here is the empire of the dead." The stacks of bones can be seen beyond the sign. They're arranged in some interesting ways. I won't attempt to describe to you my feeling of the Catacombs--I'll let you make up your own minds. But, one hour after entering the mass grave, we emerged to the city again through another long, winding staircase. Unexpectedly, we didn't exit the Catacombs at the same place where we had entered.
From journal Paris in March
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