While at home, we are given the opportunity to explore new places from the comfort of our sofa. Now it's time to explore one of the most chilling but suggestive places of all, the famous Catacombs of Paris!
At the end of the eighteenth century, when the main public health problems related to the cemeteries of the city led to the decision to transfer their contents to an underground site, the Paris authorities chose an easily accessible site that was located outside the capital at the time: the former Tombe-Issoire quarries below the Montrouge plain.
The site was consecrated as the "Municipal Ossuary of Paris" on April 7th, 1786 and, from that moment on, it assumed 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.
Click here to take the virtual tour - you may find it better on pc to enjoy them on a bigger screen