Paris, the cultural capital of the world boasts gorgeous specimens of manmade architectural creations, but underneath lies another manmade creation that’s satanic in nature.
In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo wrote, “Paris has another Paris under herself which has its streets, its intersections, its squares, its dead ends, its arteries and its circulation.”
- Overflowing with population both dead and alive, Paris stored the mortal remains of its citizens in a network of alleys right below the city. And there’s dark tourism if you have the palate.
- Paris indulged in underground limestone quarrying since the 13th century, for material that transformed into iconic buildings as Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre.
- At least six hundred years of quarrying made up an underground network of over two hundred miles of galleries, rooms and chambers below the actual city.
- With Paris’s cemeteries overflowing with graves and corpses spilling onto streets, in 1786, it started using the quarry voids to store dead.
- Cemeteries, crypts, and tombs were evacuated over 12 years and remains of over six million corpses were transferred to the quarry region.
- The tunnel workers sorted out the bones into space-efficient ricks and stacks bringing to live a new artform.
- Around a mile of the tunnels with their artistic stacks and storage of dead remains is today open for tourism in a 45-minute walkthrough.
- The tunnel walk is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday and costs $11. Tourists can hire guides or purchase audio guides for three euros
- The tunnels are cold with a constant temperature of 57° F, making the walk a chilly affair emotionally as well as physically.