Visited July 2007 with Oxygen Thief, Dweeb, Root, Jagman and SimplyExploring
The Paris Catacombs were originally quarries for stone that can be seen in the majority of old buildings in Paris, most notably the Notre Dame Cathedral.
In the 18th century, the local authorities began to deposit the bones from cemeteries in the catacombs to prevent over crowding in the graveyards.
During the Secound World War the Germans built a bunker in the catacombs during their invasion of Paris, and the French resistance also built one. Over the years small tunnels inside the catacombs have been carved into rooms and decorated by visitors, some of these rooms you will in my pictures from my visit.
Today only a small section of the catacombs are open the public, the rest, some 168km of tunnels, are only seen by service engineers, safety inspectors and Urban Explorers.
Now i had the chance to see them for myself.
For more information on the catacombs, please read my report on spending 4 days underground in the Paris Catacombs
I had my list of equipment to take, it was packed and double checked, so i left for Waterloo to meet the others and catch the Eurostar.
After arriving in Paris, we caught the metro, stocked up on food and beer supplies for the 24hours that we would be spending underground, then walked the final 200 metres to our entry point.
We kitted up in our waders, helmets and headtorches and descended down.
Oxygen Thief navigated us around the maze of tunnels and small passages, and the first room we came to was the Castle Room.
After leaving the Castle Room, the Flower Room was the next on the list.
The next room was Foxy Memorial. Foxy was a photographer in the catacombs and much admired by the cataphiles. They built this memorial to her after she died of cancer.
Next we passed the lantern room, a room usually filled with dozens of types of lanterns but unfortunatly only a few now remain.
Then we came across many bones from when the bodies from the graveyards were moved down here.
The German Bunker, built to strengthen the Nazi hold over Paris and to crush the French Resistance.
After some long tight crawling in spaces now bigger than my body, we came across the 'Cabinet Mineralogique'.
A room where rocks samples would be displayed for potential buyers to examine the quality of stone before purchasing.
This particular mineral office is in exceptional condition because its location is not well known and is difficult to access.
Many other places were visited but was unable to take photographs, hopefully soon on another trip i will be able too and also explore new places.