1 avenue du Colonel Rol-Tanguy, place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris, 75014
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Expert review of Les Catacombes
All sorts of myths surround the catacombs – the avid cataphiles who party down here at weekends, the likelihood of Paris apartments disappearing into holes, parties of lost tourists... The first two are true, the latter is not as the route is clearly set out but this is certainly one of the strangest and most atmospheric attractions in Paris. The catacombs were created in the late 18th century when the city's overcrowded cemeteries were cleared out and the skeletons transferred to a labyrinth of old stone quarries. Although macabre, somehow it is not particularly spooky – more of a place for reflecting on death, as the incredibly neatly piled stacks of long bones and rows of skulls are accompanied by philosophical quotations.
8 euros, free under 14, 4 euros 14-26. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
More information on Les Catacombes:
- Price guide:
- Cemetery, Historic site, Landmark / monument
- 1 avenue du Colonel Rol-Tanguy, place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris, 75014
- 01 43 22 47 63
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (last entrance 4pm).
- Free tags / Keywords:
- History, Rainy days