Take an underground tour of Paris's grisly mass graveyard, where the bones of a staggering six million human remains are on macabre display. Wandering these corridors is a fantastically eerie experience, and you'll learn all about life (and death) in 18th-century Paris with the multilingual audio guide. Discover the dark side of Paris!
In the late 1700s, Paris had a serious problem. Its inner-city graveyards were literally overflowing, causing nasty epidemics and annoying people who didn't like stepping over decomposing corpses on the way to buy baguettes.
After an unfortunate incident whereby the Cimetière des Innocents literally exploded into someone's basement, something had to be done.
Under the cover of darkness, workers carried human remains from every graveyard in Paris to the Tombe-Issoire quarry. Today, over six million human remains are laid to rest there in relative peace. To put that in perspective, that's almost three times the current population of Paris!
Now, you can get to the heart of the mortified action and explore the skull-stacked corridors at your own pace. And with a multi-language audio guide, you can learn all about this secret slice of Parisian history.
When bodies were transferred from Holy Innocents' Cemetery in 1787, many had decomposed so much they were essentially large deposits of fat. This fat was collected and turned into soap and candles. How's that for a commitment to recycling?