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Catacombes : the empire of the dead

Twenty meters below ground, there are the remains of approximately 6 million Parisians buried between the late 18 and mid-19 centuries. It holds the reputation of the largest grave in the world.

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After 5 minutes walk in the underground labyrinth, you see the warning “Arrête, c’est ici l’empire de la mort” and you know you are at the entry.

Along the tunnels, there are other poems and writings alongside the bones as well.

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The catacombes is such a bizarre site, on one hand you get to see bones arranging in a display of artistic taste, on the other hand, you get to think about the meaning of life and death.

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It is one of the coolest things I have done in Paris and I highly recommend it. It may not be off the beaten path but it is definitely not on the to-do list for many visitors. Don’t miss this site next time you are in Paris.

Cute street nameplate at the exit

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