The burial site of bones called "catacombs" was established in the late eighteenth century. It was called Issovar ((Tumbé-Isova) cemetery, formerly an abandoned underground quarry, dating back to the fifteenth century. Out of public health considerations, the Holy Spirit Cemetery was closed in 1780 at the request of the municipal government. In 1777, the parliament decided to establish a stope to protect and consolidate the underground buildings of Paris, and was responsible for the selection and planning of the ruins for the bones. Gradually, the center of Paris All the bones of the cemetery were transferred to these ancient limestone quarries, especially when the Ottoman mayor organized the construction of the city. When the construction of the civil engineering was carried out, the transfer of the bones continued until 1860. From the beginning of the 19th century, the catacombs were opened to the public and caused Everyone's curiosity attracts more and more tourists. I was worried that the atmosphere in the cemetery was depressed and might scare myself. I thought it would be terrifying, but the skeletons in front of me are just part of us. After the visit, the view on death is even different.
The Catacombs in Paris are definitely a very secret place. Tens of thousands of bones are buried here, and I feel cold when I walk in. The skulls of tens of thousands of people are piled into various patterns, which may be an ancient European culture. If you are not afraid, you can visit it.
This was such a cool thing to do in Paris!! I highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the dark history there. It’s eerie but so interesting!! It’s a little tricky, but definitely try to buy your tickets online before your trip. I wrote a step by step guide on how to do this on my blog. The site is entirely in French with no option for translation so it’s really hard to navigate. Send me a message if you want more info!
You must do!!! The wait could be long but it is so worth it to see! My only warning is for those with children and those that struggle with walking - the climb is excessive and steep and because you are down so far, you can get quite lightheaded when you make it to the surface. For those with children, keep an eye on them. If you are found touching anything, it's a very serious offense. Otherwise, highly recommend !
I did not know what to really expect, but I now can say that it is one of the best €9 spent in the entire tourism industry….Paris has the largest underground necropolis in the world. You can try to imagine six million skeletons in your mind without actually seeing it, but I can assure you that six million skeletons requires about eight times the space that you would mentally imagine.