CatacombesThe Catacombes [1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy +33 143224763 ad/ch €8/Free] of Paris is an underground ossuary that was created in 1810 to solve the hygiene problems that was posed by their open cemeteries on land. 3 cemeteries were created in the 18th century to solve this problem and this ossuary at avenue Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy is one of them. Located 20m below ground level the entire ossuary stretches out for nearly 2km, with walls that are neatly stacked with skulls and bones. These bones belong to over 6 million Parisians who lived here between the 18th and 19th centuries.

Such features of the catacombs make it an intriguing place to many and thus it has been featured in numerous stories and novels (e.g. Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum). Try a guided tour in the catacombs instead, if wish to you have thrilling stories and historical facts to accompany your underground walk. The entire stretch ends at rue Remy Dumoncel.