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Photo: Catacombs' tunnels, © Kieran Kelly
In XII century stone mines were forgotten, they were used selectively by servers of monastery which was situated not far from the stone mine, they kept wine here. Rumors about the wine, by the way, became one catacomb’s guard undoing; in 1793 he went deep into the tunnels searching for the drink. Nobody knows for sure whether he found the wine, what is known exactly - he didn't find the way back.
Only in XVII century the underground catacombs became evident. In this period Paris was developing actively when faced with crammed cemeteries from all the sides – at that time people were buried on the church territory only, as there wasn’t enough room for all the deceased, one grave could hold 1500(!) remnants of different periods. Such kind of burring caused dangerous diseases and threatened the citizens that lived next to the cemetery. One of the cemeteries, for example, broke through walls of church fortress and spat out corpses just right under feet of the nearest district’s citizens.
Then the core decision was made – to carve out dangerous cemeteries and remove bones to useless at that times quarries. The bones were dug up, washed and piled against the walls of the tunnels. Now it is pretty neat, but slightly dreadful.
How to do?
2. Buy a ticket (about €13) - go ahead to explore Paris subterrene.
Where to do?
Since XVIII century, this place has become the last haven for nearly 6 million victims of diseases and wars.16
Open hours: From Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm.