Catacombs of Paris
Museum in Paris, France
The name of ‘Catacombs’ was given to this ossuary in reference to the Catacombs of Rome, a name originally given to an ancient cemetery situated not far from the Appian Way. The Cemetery of the Innocents (near Saint-Eustache, in the area of Les Halles) had been in use for nearly ten centuries and had become a source of infection for the inhabitants of the locality. After numerous complaints, the Council of State decided, on November 9th 1785, to prohibit further use of the Cemetery of the Innocents and to remove its contents.
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1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
Train: RER B (Denfert-Rochereau Station) Subway: 4, 6 (Denfert-Rochereau Station)
+33 1 43 22 47 63
From Tuesday till Sunday from 10 am till 8:30 pm Last admission: 7:30 pm Catacombs will be open on 14 July, 1st November and 11th November. Closed every Mondays and certain holidays: on May 1st and 15 August.