The Skull Wall of Le Catacombes de Paris

June 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

So I've always heard about The Catacombes de Paris, but I never got around to visiting them, until now.

I spent the night at a friends house in Paris, who lived conveniently close to the entrance of the Catacombs. I woke up somewhat early, packed up my bags and checked all my gear, then did some last minute research online. I saw that (thank the Gods) I can use my tripod !

I was out the door and walking to the entrance, it was about a 30 minute walk from where I was, not counting the couple wrong turns I made.

So I get there, and begin my descent of I believe 130 steps down into a 3 mile long section of the Catacombs.

For the first little stretch I was packed in with some other people, but as you get into the tunnels, you tend to separate, till I was alone, besides the bones of the 6 million bodies of course.

There's also a lot of eerie and cryptic sayings carved into stones on the walls, speaking of Gods, Devils, and monsters. The feeling started to sink in the more I processed the idea that I'm a few hundred feet below Paris, alone, in a tunnel with millions of skeletons, and cryptic messages carved into the walls. But I pulled myself together and carried on.

I got quite a few interesting images from there, including today's photo of one of the walls of bones, decorated with human skulls in an interesting and eerie pattern.

I'll be continuing this story with more images and more details of the Catacombs in another post.

 

The bones and skulls of human remains stacked to form a wall and macabre art.


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