The Catacombs of Paris are an underground ossuary located south of the former city gate near Place Denfert-Rochereau. It holds the remains of about 6 million people and fills a renovated section of caverns and tunnels that are the remains of Paris’s stone mines. Opened in the late 18th century, the underground cemetery became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century, and has been open to the public on a regular basis from 1874. Some of the arrangements are almost artistic in nature, such as a heart-shaped outline in one wall formed with skulls embedded in surrounding tibias; another is a round room whose central pillar is also a carefully created ‘keg’ bone arrangement. The Catacombs open at 10AM, be there at 9 to avoid a long long line. See more photos.
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