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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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  • Located in the outskirts of old Paris, the Catacombs are a labyrinth of pathways housing the bones of the dead. Well worth a visit. Be sure to book in advance in order to not have to wait. 
    Located in the outskirts of old Paris, the Catacombs are a labyrinth of pathways housing the bones of the dead. Well worth a visit. Be sure to book in advance in order to not have to wait.  more »
  • Been a bucket list item for me for years, so had to come here when we visited Paris last month. It definitely didn't disappoint. Was a slightly strange experience, but really informative and... 
    Been a bucket list item for me for years, so had to come here when we visited Paris last month. It definitely didn't disappoint. Was a slightly strange experience, but really informative and...  more »
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  • 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.
  • We took two of our teens to Paris and the Catacombs of Paris was part of our amazing four days in the city. The 45-minute self-guided tour was a unique experience - and a little creepy. The artistic placement of the skulls and bones provided interesting photo opps. The history and learning opportunities were interesting and brought new appreciation to the catacombs. We bought our tickets online, day-of and were able to save some $$$. Also, kids under 18 are free, so that's always a plus in Paris.

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