Catacombs of Paris, Paris

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One of the most astonishing sights in Paris, Catacombs of Paris 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 Catacombs of Paris and get the most from your holiday in Paris, create itinerary details personal to you using our Paris trip planner .
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  • Awesome site, Parisians know little and that's a shame! It has nothing to do with the catacombs which are not open to the public but this is where we see most of bones, entire walls, on hundreds of meters! No need for headphones, flashlight or combination, it's clean!
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  • The info via audio guide were very interesting. I had promised somewhat more from the visit, as walls of Knoches layered on and skulls. Total not intoxicating. We had prebooked via the Internet, which is more expensive, but 2 hours wait time saves one. If you want to make the visit, I advise you to do that.
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  • It is very emotional to see all theses anonymous bones which were people of the past, resting in their last place, after having been withdrawn from their tombs. A tip: buy tickets online to avoid the ...  more »
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  • While on my trip to Paris, I managed to get into the Catacombs, which I've been wanting to do for a while! The catacombs are a set of deep underground tunnels serving as an ossuary to more than six million people's remains. The tunnels are sparsely lit and a little eerie, but quite safe and well guarded. Bones and skulls are nearly stacked in the front rows, but extend far back into the rock, providing space for an unfathomable number of bones. The atmosphere is quite peaceful and serene, despite the slight creep factor, and the audio guide gives a great overview of the history of the catacombs.  They do limit the number of people allowed in at a time, so I'd recommend to book ahead of time with a time slot as the queue can stretch quite far down the road and around the corner and through a park... I really enjoyed my visit and thought it was a brilliant attraction to see.
  • The Catacombs were so interesting! I recommended doing the audio-guided tour, as it gives you so much history and anecdotes as you walk through. The visit will be about 30-35 minutes. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and maybe a light sweater. I also recommend buying your tickets in advance. We didn't because we just winged our days in Paris. We ended up waiting about 4.5 hours, 1 of which consisted of torrential rain. Looking back, it wasn't so horrible. We made friends from other countries, so that was nice. I wouldn't say the wait was completely worth it, but it was definitely something amazing to see.
  • You should definitely consider booking tickets prior to your visit. I visited the catacombs during it's peak hours and had to wait for 2hrs just to get in. The skeletons in the catacombs are the remains of the people who had to wait in long queues (just kidding). The catacombs is a overall a great place to visit. Take the audio guide if you're really interested to know about its history. Catacombs is neatly maintained, I'm sure the guy who has stacked the skulls and Bones was a pro in Tetris (just kidding again)
  • Prepare for a long wait, and buy a long wait I am not exaggerating by saying that you will have to wait in line for at least one hour to two during the day even during the winter. The wait is worth it as there are not many places like this on earth anymore. It gives you and immersed sense of history. Can be quite creepy when you are in certain places by yourself obviously, found it almost surreal how many bodies ended up there and how many skulls that they created walls out of. Be respectful by leaving the bones alone as they check your bags on your way out.
  • A truly amazing experience, where you walk among the bones of millions of Parisians which have been carefully stored in old quarry tunnels. To echo almost every review - make sure you order your tickets online beforehand, unless you are happy to queue for around 3 hours. They only let people in very gradually to ensure it never becomes busy underground (in fact my partner and I were often alone in whatever section of the tunnels we were exploring, but some of that will have been luck). I strongly recommend the audio guide which is an extra €5 and really helps illuminate the history of the place. Chances are you will never have seen anything like the catacombs in your life.

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