20 Most Terrifying Places on Earth

Catacombs, Paris, France


Public health problems in Paris, linked to the city’s crowded cemeteries, prompted French officials to take drastic action in the late Eighteenth Century and transfer their long-buried contents to an underground site beneath the Plain of Montrouge.

No-one imagined at the time that, one day, people would wish to come and visit such a macabre place.
Welcome to the Paris Catacombs, a vast underground ossuary, 20 metres beneath the surface and home to the remains of more than six million people.

The first were moved here from the Saints-Innocents Cemetery, Paris’ largest, in 1785, and since 1809, when the Catacombs were opened to the public, this place has held a strange appeal to those drawn to dark things. The skulls and corpses are everywhere, with the 11,000 square-metre space bursting with bones.


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