Les Catacombes

Attractions, Religious buildings and sites Montparnasse and south Paris
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This is the official entrance to the 3,000km (1,864-mile) tunnel network that runs under much of the city. With public burial pits overflowing in the era of the Revolutionary Terror, the bones of six million people were transferred to the catacombes.

The bones of Marat, Robespierre and their cronies are packed in with wall upon wall of their fellow citizens. A damp, cramped tunnel takes you through a series of galleries before you reach the ossuary, the entrance to which is announced by a sign engraved in the stone: 'Stop! This is the empire of death.'

The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and the temperature in the tunnels is 14°C.

By: Anna Moreau

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Venue name: Les Catacombes
Address: Place Denfert-Rochereau
1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy
14e
Paris

Opening hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sun
Transport: Métro : Denfert-Rochereau
Price: €8; €4-€6 reductions; free under-14s
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Meg C

I got taken here on a date (!) but it was actually really incredible, mindblowing to think they were all once buried on the other side of Paris. Bring gloves and hat in winter as it gets freezing - but otherwise it's a great place to cool down in the summer months.