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The Paris Catacombs, Paris

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One of the most astonishing sights in Paris, The Paris Catacombs hold the remains of an estimated six million people's bones in a labyrinth of caverns and tunnels. Under Paris, the stone mines contain a harrowing arrangement of skulls and femurs that form many walls. Some of the arrangements are artistic, such as a heart-shaped outline on one wall, formed with skulls embedded in surrounding tibia bones. Audio guides are available in English that enable you to discover the site for yourself. To visit The Paris Catacombs and get the most from your holiday in Paris, create itinerary details personal to you using our Paris trip planner.
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  • I'd somehow never made it to the Catacombs in all my prior time in Paris but it is definitely an experience worth having. If you are claustrophobic or prone to panic attacks, it may not be for you as....  more
    I'd somehow never made it to the Catacombs in all my prior time in Paris but it is definitely an experience worth having. If you are claustrophobic or prone to panic attacks, it may not be for you as....  more »
  • This was an incredible stop - maybe my favorite thing to do in Paris. It was overwhelmingly sad, yet also spooky for those who enjoy that. The audio tour was great, with lots of history and... 
    This was an incredible stop - maybe my favorite thing to do in Paris. It was overwhelmingly sad, yet also spooky for those who enjoy that. The audio tour was great, with lots of history and...  more »
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  • This is an absolute must see. I cannot stress enough that you should purchase your tickets in advance, as they sell out fast and once you’ve been on the tour you’ll understand why capacity is limited. The audio tour is absolutely helpful and very well done, you’ll want to take your time and follow the tour for the best experience. Although we visited in August we brought light sweatshirts with us as it’s a bit chilly down there. No strollers allowed as you’ll be tracking down and up some pretty healthy staircases and don’t forget to purchase some of the amazing items from gift shop. The gift shop does exit out of a different location so be aware you’ll have to guide yourself back to where you’ll need to go.
  • Brilliant experience! Definitely book tickets in advance (online) as access is closely controlled. For those less able, there are a lot of stairs, though the guided walkway is fairly level and even. The experience is amazing and quite awesome - it certainly reminds one of life's transience and fragility, and absolutely brought out the emo in me. Highly recommended!

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