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The Catacombs, Paris

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One of the most astonishing sights in Paris, The Catacombs hold the remains of an estimated six million people's bones in a labyrinth of caverns and tunnels. Under Paris, the stone mines contain a harrowing arrangement of skulls and femurs that form many walls. Some of the arrangements are artistic, such as a heart-shaped outline on one wall, formed with skulls embedded in surrounding tibia bones. Audio guides are available in English that enable you to discover the site for yourself. By using our Paris itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to The Catacombs and other attractions in Paris.
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  • So I really wanted to love this attraction but sadly I left quite disappointed. Walking through and seeing all the bones just lined up like they were was quite sobering for me. It is spooky and fascin...  more »
  • We waited almost 3 hours before opening, in a long line in the cold of winter, this was the worst, because if you want to pee, there no bathroom. But it's a very different tour! View all those bones and how they got there. What's not even 10% visited the maze that exists there, and its legends. Watch the movie "in heaven and on Earth", speaks of them.
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  • We had to wait for about 45 minutes, is that worth it? That really depends on your personal interests. Are you interested in history then you'll definitely like this bizarre part of Parisian history. ...  more »
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  • Definitely recommend priority tickets to skip the queue as the lines are ridiculously long and given this time of year, you don't want to be waiting for 2hrs in the cold! Really enjoyed the tour, crazy to think of there being skeletons & bones of millions of people buried under the city. Rich in history, a bit eerie but certainly worth the visit. Only issue is that if you can't walk up and down 100+ steep stairs then you won't be accommodated.
  • One of the "must see" places on any Paris itinerary. This is an amazing place to visit. You would not even know it exists as you enter through a small building with very little to indicate what is below. You exit through an even smaller building which just leads onto a nondescript Paris street. I went during the off season (January) so there were no queues but during peak tourist season there is often a several hour wait for entry. This is not necessarily a bad thing as they do it to restrict the number of people underground at any one time.
  • First you see the waiting line but no end of it, if this is the case it means you are near as this is the queue for the "Catacombs". We've waited for the 2 hours before entering, but it's definitely worth paying a visit. Inside you'll enjoy a long and narrowbtunnels so if you are claustrophobic it would be best to skip the attraction. A great tip would be to get the priority tickets so you can enter without waiting.
  • Very cool, but be prepared to wait in line. No really. You are going to wait in a very long line. We waited 2 and a half hours. Almost gave up. They only allow 200 people in at a time. So you have to wait till people to leave before they allow more in. Once you're in you can go at your own pace. Basically it's the bones of 6 million skeletons in a limestone cave. That's pretty cool.
  • So interesting and informative, definitely g for a wee before you go down. It will take a while. One of my favourite Paris moments.