Catacombs of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris are a network of tunnels that are used as an ossuary for millions of people from various periods. It was opened to the public in 1874.

It's thought that the Catacombs hold the remains of over 6 million people buried along the 186 miles (300 km) of tunnels.

History of the Catacombs

Before becoming Catacombs, these tunnels were used as limestone quarries for a large number of monuments and buildings that have become some of the city’s top attractions. During this period the tunnels were called Les Carrières de Paris (the quarries of Paris).

In 1786, to fight the epidemics and illnesses that were devastating the city’s population, the Government decided to move the corpses and skeletons of various cemeteries to the tunnels.

Of the 186 miles (300 km) of tunnels, only a small portion is open for tourists.

Visiting the Catacombs

The visit to the Catacombs is quite a chilling experience and it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the seemingly infinite amount of human bones and skulls piled on top of each other along the tunnels.

Despite the Catacombs being a top attraction in Paris, they are almost never crowded.

Schedule

Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 8:30 pm (last entry 7:30 pm)
Monday: Closed

Price

Adults: 29 (US$ 31.10)
Youth (18-26 years old): 23 (US$ 24.60)
Children aged 5-17: 10 (US$ 10.70)

Transport

Metro: Denfert-Rochereau, lines 4 and 6.
RER: Denfert-Rochereau, line B.
Bus: lines 38 and 68.

Nearby places

Tour Montparnasse (1.2 km) Jardin du Luxembourg (1.5 km) The Pantheon (1.7 km) Church of Saint-Sulpice (1.9 km) Musée Cluny (2 km)