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  • Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy
  • Hours: Open Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm
  • Admission: € 8-12 for adults

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Catacombs (Les Catacombes)

In 1785, Paris decided to solve the problem of its overflowing cemeteries by exhuming the bones of the buried and relocating them to the tunnels of several disused quarries, leading to the creation of the Catacombs, basically corridors stacked with bones. They are 65 ft (20 m) underground and contain the remains of six million Parisians. During WWII, the tunnels were used as a headquarters by the Resistance.

The route through the Catacombs begins at a small, dark green Belle Époque-style building in the centre of a grassy area of av Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy, the new name of place Denfert Rochereau. The exit is at the end of 83 steps on rue Remy Dumoncel, southwest where a guard will check your bag for 'borrowed' bones.

Practical Info

Denfert-Rochereau metro station is on lines 4 and 6. It is also on RER line B so, if you're brave enough, it's easy to get to the catacombs. There are 1.25 miles (2 km) of tunnels and a visit lasts about 45 minutes. You might have to wait if it's busy because numbers allowed in at once are limited. Take something warm to wear.

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