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The Paris catacombs

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The Paris catacombs - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

In Paris' 14th arrondissement, not far from the Montparnasse district, lies one of the capital's most mysterious and unusual sites, the famous Paris catacombs. Part of the old underground quarries, converted into an ossuary at the end of the 18th century, is now open to the public. You can enter from Place Denfert-Rochereau, near the Metro station of the same name.

A real underground maze, this mysterious complex covers 11,000 m² and contains around six million sets of bones from various cemeteries and churches in the city. Watch out, with a ceiling height of 1.80 metres and a temperature of 14°C, it's not the most comfortable place to visit. It's not recommended for people with heart or respiratory conditions, or for young children. Anyone with claustrophobia or a nervous disposition is better off avoiding it!

Along the dark tunnels and narrow corridors, you'll be impressed by the atmosphere of the place and the amazing Romantic-macabre décor, where skulls and other human bones have been carefully stacked on top of each other.

For your information, after the tour you'll exit onto Rue Rémy Dumoncel. And if you wish to continue your day in the same vein, bear in mind that Montparnasse cemetery, with its many tombs of famous people, isn't far away from there!

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