The existence of the Paris Catacombs go back to the 18th Century. At the time, due to major public health problems, cemeteries were transferred to the underground. During this private tour you will be able to visit this underground area with a local expert. Discover this historical site, its ossuary and architecture during a private Paris Catacombs walking tour.
Firstly you will meet your guide in your central hotel or directly at the entrance to the Catacombs. After that you will start your guided visit to the site. During your tour you will learn about the history of the site, why and how it was originated. You will learn why the local authorities decided to move some cemeteries to the undergrounds.
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Points of Interests and Landmarks
Our private Paris Catacombs walking tour tour starts at the Denfert-Rochereau square, from where you will walk to the entrance of the Catacombs. After that you will descend 20 meters underground and wonder around a 1,5 km of underground galleries full of interesting stories. Along with your private guide you will discover its tunnels and strive to visit areas of exclusive access.
Firstly, you will admire numerous ancient inscriptions through its tunnels. You will see street names, signs left by the workers and the stone pillars of medieval times.
We will continue the journey towards the most relevant attraction: the ossuary area. This area was opened to the public in 1809, and instantly became a success. Walking by, we will continue to the Samaritan Fountain, a circular well used by quarry workers for mortar preparation. Followed by the area of the French revolution and finally the impressive Barrel, a huge pillar covered with bones.
The visit to the Catacombs has a duration of approximately 1,5 hours.