Take a virtual tour of the Paris catacombs while you wait out the pandemic

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Take a virtual tour of the Paris catacombs while you wait out the pandemic

Tour one of the eeriest places on earth from the comfort of your home.

The catacombs of Paris, final resting place of millions of souls, has become available to people sheltering in their own temporary crypts.

Les Catacombes De Paris has been closed to the public due to the Coronavirus lockdown but the museum has made an online tour available to fans of the landmark.

From the official website:

In the late eighteenth century, when major public health problems tied to the city’s cemeteries led to a decision to transfer their contents to an underground site. Paris authorities chose an easily accessible site that was, at the time, located outside the capital: the former Tombe-Issoire quarries under the plain of Montrouge. The first evacuations were made from 1785 to 1787 and concerned the largest cemetery in Paris, the Saints-Innocents cemetery.
The site was consecrated as the “Paris Municipal Ossuary” on April 7, 1786, and, from that time forward, took on the mythical name of “Catacombs”, in reference to the Roman catacombs, which had fascinated the public since their discovery. Starting in 1809, the Catacombs were opened to the public by appointment.

You can take the official tour here. While you're at it, watch As Above, So Below. Set in the Paris catacombs, this follows a group of explorers who discover their own personal hell inside its eerie depths.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83PpryYHHeY

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