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The Catacombs of Paris

Les Catacombes

The Catacombs of Paris
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Paris is regarded as being one of the most important cities in the western world and attracts numerous tourists each year. Many world known attractions are located in the french capital such as the Eiffel Tower or the Museum Louvre. The tourism office of Paris was founded in 1971 and helps tourists to inform themselves before and throughout their journey.

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last update on May 28, 2019
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The catacoms today

All in all, there is a network of 300km (186mi) underneath Paris and only 1.7km (1mi) have been made accessible to the public. The other segments of the catacombs are partially still in use. The National Bank of France, for instance, has their treasures of gold stored here. Other shafts were transformed into metro line tunnels. Meanwhile, a separate department of the Parisian police has been created to deal with issues circling around the catacombs as there are people entering the non-public parts of the catacombs illegally or celebrating parties from time to time.

Guided tour

Nowadays, there are guided tours offered through the publicly accessible parts of the catacombs. One should book a tour well in advance as there are only 200 visitors allowed at the same time for safety reasons. Make sure you wear warm clothes as the average temperature is about 14° C (57°F) down there. 

Historical Information

The Parisian catacombs comprise a surface of 11,000m² (13,200yd²) underneath the city. Their name is derived from the catacombs in Rome. Originally, the space nowadays known as the catacombs used to be stone pits.

In the 18th century, the population of Paris was steadily growing and free spaces for cemeteries were scarce. Due to the congestion of all graveyards the smell in the city became unbearable. The situation was worsened by the plague that was haunting the city. It is for this reason that many of the central cemeteries had to be closed down and cleansed. During the 19th century then, the remains of approximately 6 million people were transferred to the disused stone pits underneath Paris that later became known as the catacombs of Paris.

How to get there

By subway

Metro lines 4 or 6 will take you to the entrance of the catacombs if you get off at the station “Denfert-Rochereau”.

By city train

Use RER line B, getting off at the station “Denfert-Rochereau”.

By bus

Use bus lines 38 or 68 to get here.

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Les Catacombs
Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy
75014
Paris
+33 1 43 22 47 63
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