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Les Catacombes

Things to do, Walks and tours Denfert-Rochereau
 (© Mairie de Paris - DAC - Ph. Ladet)
© Mairie de Paris - DAC - Ph. Ladet
 (Plaque ossements de l'église Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie © Mairie de Paris)
Plaque ossements de l'église Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie © Mairie de 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



Address: Place Denfert-Rochereau
1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy

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