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Monday, July 17, 2017

What Lies Beneath In The Catacombs Of Paris?

What Lies Beneath In The Catacombs of Paris?

If you are a fan of horror films or you are simply scared of the dark and the unknown, the popular story about the Catacombs of Paris will truly pique your interest. If you are not familiar with the Catacombs of Paris, a Catacomb is a human-made passageway, essentially a tunnel with rooms, that has chambers used as a burial place. These places were used for religious purposes and it can be most prominently tracked back to the Romans. There are stories that many still exist till today, and are occupied by cults and dark spirits. The catacombs of Paris is famously known to be haunted and it has been the inspiration of some mainstream horror films. Also known as the home to a network of old caves, quarries and tunnels stretching hundreds of miles, and seemingly lined with the bones of the dead. Let's get to know more about the terror that lives in the infamous mines of Paris.


The Catacombs of Paris (French: Catacombes de Paris, About this sound  (help·info)) are underground ossuaries in Paris, France, which hold the remains of more than six million people[1] in a small part of the ancient Mines of Paris tunnel network. Extending south from the former city gate Barrière d’Enfer ("Gate of Hell") beneath Rue de la Tombe-Issoire, the ossuary was founded when city officials had two simultaneous problems: a series of cave-ins beginning 1774, and overflowing cemeteries, particularly Saint Innocents. Nightly processions of bones from 1786 to 1788 transferred remains from cemeteries to the reinforced tunnels, and more remains were added during later years. The underground cemetery became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century, and has been open to the public on a regular basis since 1874 with surface access from a building at Place Denfert-Rochereau in the extreme southern part of the city of Paris. - Wikipedia

 The Paris Catacombs has an interesting backstory. Its origins lies in the limestone quarries situated on the outskirts of the city wherein lots of natural resource has been in use since the time of the Romans, and provided construction material for the city’s buildings, as well as contributed to the city’s growth and expansion. It was only after during the second half of the 18 th century, however, that the former limestone mines were transformed into burial places. And by 18th century, Parisian cemeteries such as Les Innocents  dubbed as the largest cemetery in Paris were becoming overpopulated, giving rise to improper burials, open graves, and unearthed corpses.


Quite naturally, people living close to such places began complaining about the strong stench of decomposing flesh and the spread of diseases from the cemeteries. In 1763, an edict was issued by Louis XV banning all burials from the capital. The Church, however, did not wish to disturb or move the cemeteries, and opposed the edict. As a result, nothing was done until an unusual long period of rain caused a wall around the Les Innocents to collapse, resulting in the spilling of rotting corpses into a neighboring property and the French authorities were forced to act on it. In 1786, the former Tombe-Issoire quarries were blessed and consecrated, turning them into the Paris Catacombs. It took two years for all the bones from the Les Innocents to be transferred to the catacombs.


The Catacombs of Paris stood out above the rest for the most obvious reason that its walls are laced in human remains. As you walk down the walls and the corridors, you can actually see actual human bones and skulls staring back at you. Skeletons of a hundred years ago trapped underneath a city harboring unknowing spirits. Aside from the paranormal side, it is known that there are three strains of bacteria that can only be found in Catacombs. The Catacombs of Paris were shut down to the public by 2009. They described the reason it was closed was due to “vandalism” but the accounts were very not too convincing and the stories surrounding what was inside the catacombs were described as being very sinister. It was long rumored that the only people who went down into Catacombs were practicing dark arts and black magic. Some locals even say that people would travel under to perform Necromancy.


It has been said that if you walk down the tunnels late at night, the walls would start to talk to you. That's why it got the reputation of being a hotspot for cult activity. Many rituals and sacrifices happened underneath Paris that public has never heard about. The evidence of this is said to be the bones you encounter, if they are not in the wall mounted they were not buried there, they were actually killed there.


Some also believes that the spirits inside will make you mad if you stay in there for too long. There have been reports that even after they left the Catacombs they felt presence as if it came with them. There was some stories that go around that once you go under and luckily gets to go back to your normal city life, you will still feel the atmosphere down below the catacombs. They say that it is the spirits' way of bringing you back under for them to be finally free from the dreaded catacombs. Now, that's creepy!

1 comment:

  1. They never closed the Catacombs, they are still open for public. At least a part.

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