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Book with Blue Fox Travel and Skip-the-line into the Catacombs where you’ll be able to visit a very unique part of Paris on a self guided tour. Well beneath the streets of Paris you’ll explore almost 2 kilometers of tunnels filled with an ever evolving history, many of them lined with the bones of over 6 million dead Parisians.
Dug out in the middle ages, the Catacombs of Paris were originally subterranean quarries that provided our city with the beautiful beige limestone used to construct most of the buildings in the city center. During the 18th century, due to the overpacked cemeteries in Paris, the King of France ordered that the bones of the long buried dead be transferred into the Catacombs for sanitary reasons.
Today these bones attract millions of visitors per year and the waiting time to enter into the Catacombs is often more than 3 hours long. This is due to the fact that only small groups of people are allowed to enter at one time and once inside they can stay for as long as they like. Thanks to our special tickets you will be able to skip the line and get right to exploring the Catacombs of Paris!
The adventure begins when you meet up with the Blue Fox ticket manager just across the street from the entrance to the Catacombs. The exact address will be in your confirmation email. The ticket manager will provide you with your skip the line tickets and show you to the entrance of the Catacombs. There you will have immediate access into the fascinating tunnels that you will be exploring.
Before you head down the stairs you’ll be given an audio-guide that will share fun facts and explain the highlights of Paris’ 2,000+ years of subterranean history. Then you’ll descend more than 20 meters below the street level. The spiral staircase you’re on will open up into a series of 3 small rooms that were used as a bomb shelter during the Nazi occupation of Paris.
In the catacombs there are many interesting photos and plaques with explanations about the several hundred kilometers of tunnels that lay beneath Paris. As you explore the tunnels you’ll discover the difficult and often dangerous quarrying techniques used to harvest the valuable limestone and bring it up to the surface.
You’ll find out about the mapping and fortification of the tunnels and quarries by a handful of valiant men who prevented the city from collapsing. You’ll also learn about how the Catacombs of Paris were used by both the French Resistance and the Nazi’s during WWII and, of course, why they were chosen to be the final resting place for the remains of more than 6 million dead.
When you reach the section of the tunnels where the bones are kept the first thing you will see is the plaque that “welcomes” you with these words: “Arrete! C’est ici l’Empire de la Mort” literally translated as “Stop! Here is the Empire of the Dead”. Once inside the doorway you will be completely surrounded by the remains on long dead French people.
You’ll walk past numerous oddities in these tunnels such as the “Well of the Samaritain” where scientific experiments took place, dozens of epitaphs with beguiling poems written in French and Latin, but the things that will intrigue the most are the bones themselves and how they are stacked in a very artistic way. The Catacombs of Paris are full of history, beautifully eerie, and are sure to be a part of Paris that you will never forget visiting!
Audio-guide in English, Spanish & Frenc
Dates & Times
Everyday at 12:30PM (closed on Monday)
We meet in front of the Entrance of the Catacombs
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For the Catacombs Tour, you'll meet with your guide in front of the Entrance of the Catacombs.
Avoid wasting your limited time in Paris and skip the line with our reserved entrance tickets.
Explore inside the almost 2 kilometers of tunnels for as long as you like! There will be no guide rushing you along.
Discover the secrets of the Catacombs fascinating history with the many interesting and in depth narratives on the audio-guide.
Named after the biblical story this well was used for odd science experiments in the 1800’s. Learn more during the tour.
Pay your respects to the more than 2 million dead who came from the Cemetery of the Innocents that used to be in central Paris.
Learn about the different qualities of limestone below Paris and how it was dugout and used above ground.
See the bones and epitaph marker for some authentic French Revolution fighters. Vive la France
Admire this oddly beautiful configuration of bones and learn about the clandestine musical concerts played in this crypt.
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