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Catacombs of Paris

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  • Sunday 10:00 - 20:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 20:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
The Catacombs of Paris (French: Catacombes de Paris, ) are underground ossuaries in Paris, France, which hold the remains of more than six million people in a small part of a tunnel network built to consolidate Paris' ancient stone mines. Extending south from the Barrière d’Enfer ("Gate of Hell") former city gate, this ossuary was created as part of the effort to eliminate the city's overflowing cemeteries. Preparation work began not long after a 1774 series of gruesome Saint Innocents-cemetery-quarter basement wall collapses added a sense of urgency to the cemetery-eliminating measure, and from 1786, nightly processions of covered wagons transferred remains from most of Paris' cemeteries to a mine shaft opened near the Rue de la Tombe-Issoire. The ossuary remained largely forgotten until it became a novelty-place for concerts and other private events in the early 19th century; after further renovations and the construction of accesses around Place Denfert-Rochereau, it was open to public visitation from 1874. Since January 1 2013, the Catacombs number among the 14 City of Paris Museums managed by Paris Musées. Although the ossuary comprises only a small section of the underground "carrières de Paris" ("quarries of Paris"), Parisians presently often refer to the entire tunnel network as "the catacombs".
  • Monica Marroquin

    10 days ago

    The Catacombs were so interesting! I recommended doing the audio-guided tour, as it gives you so much history and anecdotes while 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.

  • Dom Wolfram

    6 days ago

    Quite an interesting historical site. The wait times are appalling though. There is a very nice gift shop at the exit. They should build a waiting area. The staff laugh among themselves, smoke and completely ignore you while you wait and freeze. Audio guide was good and worth it but they should update their signs to help people select the audio track. You can share an audio guide too.

  • Sam Saltwell

    2 months ago

    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. If my review and photos were helpful for you, please give me a thumbs up 👍🏼 Thanks!

  • Jessica Jacobs

    18 days ago

    Such an amazing thing to see! It's not for the faint of heart! We spent about 3 hours exploring the catacombs and thoroughly enjoyed it. Try to get there before it opens and you can avoid some VERY long lines. Well worth the price of admission!

  • Matthew R

    6 days ago

    One of my favorite activities on my recent trip to Paris. I didn't go the first time and regretted it so I made sure to purchase my tickets ahead of time on my next trip. It's a little more expensive to buy ahead and you have to purchase the audio guide but I think it was worth it to skip the line. I definitely learned a lot about the catacombs and their interesting history from the audio guide. The first half is mostly a mine and then you get to the actual area with the bones. All of us really enjoyed it, I would say it's a must do.