Catacombs of Paris
Known as the underbelly of Paris, if you’re intrigued by things a little bit gruesome, then take a trip underground to the Catacombs of Paris. A subterranean labyrinth under the heart of Paris, the Catacombs are the final resting place of more than six million people.
This so-called ‘ossuary’ was developed in 1774 to help ease the overflowing cemeteries that were commonplace in Paris at the time. Rather grotesquely, it became common practice for covered wagons, filled with human remains, to take nightly trips to the catacombs to, unbelievably, tip the remains into a mineshaft at the opening of the catacombs.
Now, it’s a respectful, if not slightly macabre tourist attraction and place of remembrance.