I've been down there. I spent Christmas week 2000 by myself in Paris and I usually make a point to explore interesting and/or historic cemeteries and graveyards anywhere I travel, the Cimetiere Montparnasse and the crypt under the Pantheon the other necropoli I visited on that trip. I remember the very narrow spiral staircase you take from street level down...and down...and down. The claustrophobia of that staircase makes it seem you'll never get to the bottom and the time it takes gives you a real sense of the 200 plus feet you are under ground. I believe I had the whole place to myself, except for the employees here and there and photos simply do not do it justice. The bones go on forever. I was surprised at all of the geometric designs people had made when stacking them. I have never, nor will I ever again see that many bones, real or otherwise, in one place. Awe inspiring. It's tailor made for a Desiderii Marginis soundtrack.
Now this place would be creepy to explore.
wow, erik, that's amazing.thanks for sharing.
No thank you. I would get so claustrophobic. Wonder if they ever found him....whats left anyway.
"ABC Family." HA! :DMr. ShellHawk and I went several years ago. As Erik A said, quite an experience.What they didn't say in the article was that the graves weren't precisely "desecrated." They were removed with ceremony and re-buried, essentially because all the graveyards in Paris were full and starting to contaminate the groundwater. Many of the men who worked in the quarry carved small stone cities out of the limestone.And there's the water. Drip, drip, drip. Puddles you have to walk through to get to the other side of the bones. It's cool, sometimes cold, and it's damp. Probably pretty normal for Spring, which is when we were there.Here's my post about it, if you're interested:http://shellhawksnest.blogspot.com/2009/05/catacombs-of-paris.html
There's something about that place. It doesn't seem to matter how much technology we have now. People can't seem to map it all out. Very freaky!
and i should add that i didn't mean it was awesome if someone died down there after getting lost!i assumed it was fake...though now I feel like it was real.
I attempted to go to the Catacombs a couple of times, but there was always a 2-hour line around the block to enter. :(It's awesome to read that some of you got to visit it in person. And I love this ABC special. Wow, the (child or lady?) narrator has an insanely creepy voice!
i think that's the poltergeist lady!
Oh yes...I forgot about the water...drip...drip...drip. Thank you, Shellhawk for reminding me. It's been quite a while.
Zelda Rubinstein. If I was In charge of the catacombs, I would have her voice playing on a loop down there."You betta turn back now! There's a presence up ahead"
man oh man..mummies!!..<3imhotep..boris karloff..ray bradbury, they can really spoil a girl for life..<3i remember my father tellin me about his time spent in italy as a young sailor & going to visit the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo with some of his buddies &&& a few of the dudes actually snapped the fingers off some of the mummies. they thought it was really funny too walkin around with the fingers in their shirt pockets..i don't even know what to say to that.. :(((((((((
we did visit the mummy room of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. & poor Ramses II looked like he possibly died from a fright. i'll never forget his pained face...brrrrrrr
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