Tourists who are planning to go on a Paris city tour for the first time in their life will be probably planning to visit the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, Arc de Triomphe, and other popular attractions in the city. It is true that these are some of the best and iconic attractions in the City of Lights and it is something you should not miss while you are on Paris walking tours. However, if you are a person who wishes to explore the rich history and culture of this city, then you should try to visit some of the secret and lesser-known attractions in Paris.
One of the fascinating, yet less-crowded spots in the city is undoubtedly the Paris Catacombs. If you are in for an adventure, then this spot is the ideal destination for you.
Only a few tourists are aware of the fact that the bones of approximately six million Paris citizens were once moved to these underground tunnels, which is popularly known as the Catacombs. If you are feeling intrigued by this Parisian spot or if you wish to know more about this place, then you should schedule a visit to the creepy and adventurous Catacombs during your Paris city tour.
History of the Paris Catacombs
During the Gallo-Roman times, Paris was actually a small city. The people who were living in the city wanted to separate the deal people from the living. So, they built cemeteries on the outside of the city but as Paris grew bigger, some of the cemeteries ended up right in the middle of the city. The Cimetière des Innocents, which is situated near Paris’ Saint Eustache Church, is one of the famous cemeteries among them.
Over the years, the cemetery got crammed with dead bodies and it lacked the space to accommodate more bodies. In addition to that, hygiene and health issues also forced the authorities to move the dead bodies to another location. The bones and remains of millions of people were then transferred to the Catacombs of Paris.
Tourists who are planning to visit the Catacombs of Paris during their Paris city tour should note that the Catacombs is approximately 2 kilometers long and the path can be a bit slippery. However, the walk through the dark and elegantly designed corners of the Catacombs will be one of the major highlights of your Paris tour. So, try not to miss it while you are in the City of Lights.