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The Paris Catacombs, Paris

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One of the most astonishing sights in Paris, The Paris 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. To visit The Paris Catacombs and get the most from your holiday in Paris, create itinerary details personal to you using our Paris trip planner.
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  • We went on a tour with Katelyn. The tour company was called Walks. She was wonderful. We had access to 2 different areas that the regular tickets didn't. She was very knowledgeable and also pretty... 
    We went on a tour with Katelyn. The tour company was called Walks. She was wonderful. We had access to 2 different areas that the regular tickets didn't. She was very knowledgeable and also pretty...  more »
  • The whole history of the tunnels housing the millions of skeletons of Parisians is well documented throughout the long underground walk, and the - literally - millions of femurs and skulls lining the....  more
    The whole history of the tunnels housing the millions of skeletons of Parisians is well documented throughout the long underground walk, and the - literally - millions of femurs and skulls lining the....  more »
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  • It was overall a great experience. Just the tunnels themselves were amazing and the bone display is a bonus! You go underground via spiral stairs. You cannot look up and down the stairs, meaning you don’t know how far you came and how far is left to go! Won’t recommend this to my claustrophobic friends. At the end, you get to the human bones. It is amazing thinking all these people had hopes and fears just like you. Great way to remember that “everything is dust.” The place is walking distance from a street with lots of designer shops…. which are also just dust if you think about it.
  • We came to visit the catacombs because it stated on their website that you could purchases tickets for the catacombs and the crypt (offsite of the catacombs) for 17 euro. It also stated on the website these tickets could only be purchased on site. We arrived ahead of time to wait on line prior to opening. The staff arrived right at opening while there was a line of people outside. The head staff member was very rude to us as he did not want to hear what we had to say. He stated tickets could only be purchased prior to arriving online. He then pointed to a sign to buy tickets online and a moment later came back with a sign stating all tickets were sold out. I understand that things do not always work out the way you want them to. However, I would suggest that they update their site to reflect the accurate information so that people such as myself do not make a trip unnecessarily and waste their time. Additionally, a little courtesy will go along when. The main staff member simple blew us off as much as we tried to communicate with him. It was very evident he does not enjoy his job or interacting with tourists. I wonder if he appreciates getting treated in the manner that he did when he is traveling.

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