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Live Online Tour: Discover the Darkness- Catacombs of Paris

By Walks
Free cancellation available
1h
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Multiple languages

Highlights

  • An expert guide shares the history of the Catacombs of Paris

  • Learn about the original intent and artistry of the bones

  • Discover the modern troubles that plague this dark site

  • Connect to this experience from the comfort of your home

  • Join with others globally for this live online experience

About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Exclusive access to a local guide for a virtual tour of the Paris Catacombs

  • What's included

    Exciting tales of the darkness with an engaging storyteller

  • What's excluded

    Gratuities

Know Before You Book

  • Confirmation (with additional instructions) will be received at time of booking.

  • This is a live online tour. All participants should have a stable internet connection.

  • All times specified are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

  • Ask your expert guide your questions via Zoom live chat.

  • Sessions are not recorded and they are “live sessions.”

What you can expect

Through the night shadows, a mere single lantern cuts the darkness, swinging with each shuffling step. A group of police and priests, with clandestine intent, carry an array of human remains underground. Over the years, these police and priests will move the remains of up to six million individuals into the belly of Paris, the belly of the figurative Hades, thus creating the network known as the Catacombes de Paris - the Catacombs of Paris.

Just below the City of Light lies a City of Darkness, of veneration, of a life once lived, and some say, an unrestful death. On this captivating online tour join our local Parisian guide from their home in Paris, to hear about the former quarry tunnels turned ossuaries of the city’s discarded residents. Over the course of an hour, your guide will dig through the reasons such mass underground graves were desperately needed, and why they saved the City of Light from ruin.

Grasp the geographical immensity of such a place - 200 miles (322 km) of tunnels, that of which only 1.25 miles (2 km) is known and accessible, at least to law abiding citizens! Hear the stories of the Cataphiles who have trespassed for years springing up secret cinemas, hidden restaurants, and exclusive bars.

Although the subject can be quite macabre, our guide will share the beauty of how bones were arranged into intricate works of art - you may say, once-living sculptures. Also discover how some of Paris’ most famous and beguiling monuments are constructed from stone quarried from these very tunnels. On this online tour from home, venerate the lives of six million people and all that is left of their physical bodies, resting for eternity, in the largest Catacombs throughout Europe - encompassed within the veining darkness known as the “Empire of the Dead”.

Journey via this live experience into the beating heart of Paris for a truly one-of-a-kind storytelling experience.

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  • Zoom Conference
  • Paris Île-de-France

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  • Zoom Conference
  • Paris Île-de-France
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