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The Catacombs

#56 of 1,085 things to do in Paris
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Address: 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
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A genuine labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris, the Catacombs were...

A genuine labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris, the Catacombs were fitted out in the galleries of former quarries. Twenty metres underground, the ossuary houses the remains of approximately six million Parisians, gradually transferred between the

end of the 18th century and the mid 19th century, as the capital's cemeteries were closed for health reasons. Along a tangle of dark galleries, visitors discover a presentation of death with bones arranged in a romantic macabre decor. This unique site is a moving testimony to the history of Parisians and invites visitors on a timeless journey.

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Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Small-Group Walking Tour

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An interesting tour, but very cool

The Catacombs are kind of a cool part of Paris. I had maybe heard something about it, but a few people that my husband works with who had previously been to Paris said that we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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La Conner
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We purchased the Skip the line tour through TripAdvisor and it is honestly the only way to see the Catacombs. We were given a complete history and were taken to areas others don't see! If you are a history buff, this is for you. Our guide, Aii (?) was well informed and good humored. This tour is worth every penny.... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

One hour stand I line. 12€ fee. Lots of stairs and much to go before you get to see all those skulls. After the first 1000 you get the point. Nothing more happens. The suspension of standing in line.. getting down so many stairs and then just wait for it to end. Don't waist you time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the recommended and pre-purchase tickets and we were so glad that we did. The lines were extremely long- even though it was winter cold weather. Note that there are no restrooms below in the catacombs- we popped over to a McDonalds to handle that before entering. The audio tour was approx. 30-45 minutes, and I don’t think I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was much different than all the other attractions, but it's definitely something you'll never forget. Get there early because the lines are long and they only let in about 200 people at a time. We got there about 9:30 (the open at 10) & we were barely able to make it in. They do have a skip the line... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was definitely an experience first off you descend down about a hundred steps into a little area where you are given a little history. The Audio Tour option is quite helpful because when you actually get down into the catacombs everything is in French and you don't really have much service down there to break out the Google... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Catacombs are kind of a cool part of Paris. I had maybe heard something about it, but a few people that my husband works with who had previously been to Paris said that we needed to check it out. We went on a rather dreary day, it was very cold and rainy. We stood outside in line for about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't so sure about going here but my husband insisted . I was glad I did . The line to get in was quite long . Took us about an hour to get in . It was quite pricey at 12 euro each . Once in there though , it was pretty cool . It was pretty amazing how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not the millions of bones and skulls that are scary, it's the morbid fascination of fellow visitors had to take selfies with them! The audio guide is worth renting, but keep an eye out for the numbers to tell you which chapter to play, as they are not always obvious. A truly bizarre experience, and unlike anything we had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we stood in line for almost 2 hours because we didn't realize it would have long line ups! Definitely buy the tickets in advance as we saw many people with advance tickets skipping the long line up. The wait was worth it though. Very informative. Packed full of history. We paid an extra 5 euros for an audio tour guide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, do order the Skip-The-Line tickets! Now you won't find these on the official website you need to search for them through google. We picked our tickets up from the Tobacco shop around the corner, got to the gate and they let us in instantly. Perfect! Depending on where you get your pre-booked tickets from, we got an... More 

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