On several occasions we have told you in Vuela Viajes about the many interesting places that you can find in Paris . Today I would like to talk about one of them but that is not as well known as the most famous: the Catacombs. A chilling place that was created at the end of the 18th century and which houses the rest of 6 million Parisians, whose bones were moved from various cemeteries due to lack of hygiene as there were too many people buried there.
The Catacombs of Paris have about two kilometers of long and narrow corridors, excavated in limestone quarries, which is a fascinating landscape under the ground of the city. They are full of bones and skulls that are put together in very elaborate piles and with a symmetrical shape, everything very organized. It was built as a tribute to the deceased, thus achieving something artistic and creative with their remains.
Almost 300,000 people visit the Parisian catacombs every year, and there is only one part open to the public, although it is the one that houses the most bones. There is a tour that begins with a short walk up a spiral staircase that leads to a long tunnel that does not have much light. The tunnels have many informational signs in both French and English to explain the history of each of them. As you move through each room you see hundreds of thousands of hanging bones .
Whether you like archeology or not, it is without a doubt a visit that you should do as it is worth it. It should be noted that it is not recommended for children or for people with significant disabilities since there are about 200 stairs to climb in different stages. The total journey takes about 45 minutes, and the catacombs are in the 14th arrondissement, near the Montparnasse district.