Everyone knows Paris is famous for its monumental architecture, world-class museums, and illustrious people. However, few realize that just 65 feet below its streets a parallel city exists with a population of some 6 million skeletons arranged in 200 miles of former quarry tunnels that equally merits a visit.
One of Paris' Most Popular Must-See Attractions
The Paris Catacombs are a testament to the fact that the 'City of Light' has a darker side lurking below its romantic surface of tree-lined boulevards, public gardens, and cafés, and its mysteries have rightly become one of its most popular must-see attractions.
On our Paris Catacomb tours, you walk right past the long line outside to explore the most alluring portions of this massive labyrinthine network.
Top-Rated City Wonders Guide
A top-rated City Wonders guide will accompany you deep beneath the city, its Metro lines, and sewers, to visit the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bone, captivating you with the haunting history and legends that have earned them so much acclaim.
Our tours benefit from the privilege of special access to parts of the Paris catacombs that are closed to the general public. Gates to two halls are opened especially for you to see the incredible sculptures chiseled out of the rock in the Port Mahon Gallery, where a quarry worker spent five years in secret toil from 1777 until a cave-in crushed him.
Other sights include the Quarryman's footbath, the Sacellum Crypt, or altar where bones were blessed before being "archived," the Sepulchral Lamp, which constantly burned to show there was enough air in the tunnels, and the elusive Gilbert's Tomb.
“Arrête! C’est ici l’empire de la mort”, or "Stop! Here lies the empire of death". is a fitting inscription for the epitaph upon entering this fascinating underworld, where some of your strongest notions about Paris are sure to get turned upside-down.
Get ready to "rub bones" with the likes of Rabelais and Robespierre on this intimate voyage into a Paris that few have experienced.