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Review of The Catacombs

The Catacombs
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Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Small-Group Walking Tour
Ranked #57 of 1,169 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: 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.
Sydney, Australia
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“get there early!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

If you're going in the summer months (or any time really) get there early as the queue is enormous. It opens at 9.30am, we got there at 9am and still waited nearly 2 hours. The actual walk through takes only 40 minutes (you don't need a tour).

Visited June 2014
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“Be prepared to queue for a long time”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Oh gosh. The queue. If you plan to go, make sure you go early, before they open. I heard that the best time to go to ensure a more decent waiting time is to reach at 9am, an hour before opening. This will ensure that you get to be the first batch of people in. The reason the queue moves so slowly is because only 200people are allowed inside at any one time, and an average tour takes about 45mins. If you reach later, you can expect to wait about 3.5hrs.
Personally, if you have to queue for so long, not worth the visit at all. It is interesting, but not worth the time spent waiting. After awhile it just became rows and rows of skeletons and got quite boring.

Visited May 2014
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Voorhees, New Jersey
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“The strangest place in Paris”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

The catacombs is both historically fascinating and creepy at the same time. This final resting place for more than 6 million people is among the most bizarre places I have ever visited. It is well worth a tour since it provides an explanation of the excavation of the city to built the great palaces and monuments as well as a history of the cemeteries of the city. The bones are overwhelming in their abundance. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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Halifax, Canada
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“Must see atttraction”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Unfortunately, I could not figure out how to get "skip the line" tickets. 2 hour wait, but well worth it and get the audio guide for 3 Euros.

Visited June 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A creepy underground journey! ”
Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

This was cool for the first 5 minutes or so, but after awhile it got a bit boring as everything started looking the same. We arrived at 830am to ensure that we wouldnt have to wait too long once it opened at 10am. Really glad we did, because the line just kept growing after we got there (we were second in line) and was about a 1.5 hour wait to get in.

Recommend getting the audioguides as they give some interesting context and commentary about some of the exhibits.

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