We first learned about the Catacombs in middle school after reading Edgar Allen Poe's Cask of Amontillado. Ever since, these underground graves have been on our bucket list, and were one of the items on our Paris itinerary that we were most looking forward to--and it delivered!As a rule for most of the experiences we've had in Paris, our journey began with half an hour of waiting in line to enter the exhibits. Then came a long flight of spiral staircases to the underground tunnels that were once used as limestone quarries hundreds of years ago.
After at least 15 minutes, we finally arrived at the first catacomb. Filled with ancient bones and skulls, it's absolutely as creepy as you'd imagine. In the back of our minds was always the thought, "What if we got trapped in here?"
Several stacks of remains later, the creepiness wears off, and you begin to appreciate the intricacy of the design in the uniform pattern of bones throughout the miles and miles of tunnels. Though it seems morbid, this mausoleum of more than six million Parisians was created to honor the deceased while protecting the city's citizens from disease. Today, it's a unique, must-see experience for anyone visiting the city.
Catacombs of Paris1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-TanguyParis, France 75014