Come and explore the old Parisian limestone quarries, which are part of a much bigger network; 300km of old quarries exist below Paris, thanks to almost 600 years worth of limestone extraction, from the 12th till the 19th century.
Remember: while booking, you get to choose the exact date and time of your skip-the-line visit!
With your skip the line ticket, head straight to the meeting point facing the catacombs' entrance - the Café du Rendez-vous - where you'll meet your host.
After a brief but fascinating introduction to Paris's undergrounds, it'll be time to skip the line and enter the old quarries.
Equipped with an optional but strongly recommended audio-guide, learn about the impressive restoration works of these tunnels which were collapsing back in the 18th century, when Louis XV decided to appoint his Royal Architect to consolidate and repair said quarries in order to save Paris from sinking into the ground.
Walk through History as you’ll discover relics dating from before the French Revolution; learn about the revolutionary calendar, and travel even further through time as you’ll learn about the formation of limestone in the Parisian soils, before entering the famous ossuary, originally built to transfer the remains of almost six million Parisians from the overflowing city’s cemeteries.
Walk through these peaceful hallowed grounds in silence and take in the haunting, yet poetic surroundings, full of tombs, post-revolution poetry, and many, many skulls.
And among them, one in particular: Louis XVI’s skull is said to lie there too...
Go to the Meeting Point
The catacombs are, unfortunately, not wheelchair - nor stroller - accessible.
Not recommended for people with respiratory, walking or cardiac difficulties.
Please note that there are 130 steps downwards to enter, and 83 upwards to exit, and it can be dark and slippery inside.
Not recommended for pregnant women.
Please make sure to bring your e-ticket (either digitally or printed)
Please be at the meeting spot fifteen minutes before your activity starts. Should you be late, you'll be refused access to the Catacombs.
All sales are final and, unfortunately, no refunds can be given.
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