Gokhan Altintas in the heart of the Paris Catacombs
Paris, its unmissable monuments, its classic tourist route : you made ! Want to discover its underwear, its secrets, or even, the ghosts of his past ? Immerse yourself in the heart of his bowels, 20 meters underground, for an unusual visit: that of its Catacombs. The above Photography was taken by Gokhan Altintas Photography.
The small entrance to the Catacombs is located place Denfert-Rochereau, close to the metro. It is discreet, but well indicated. No risk of missing it: the little tail that stretches along Rol-Tanguy street indicates the way and recalls the manifest success of this tourist site who visits for two centuries. Because every year, they are more than 250,000 visitors who try the adventure.
Notice to athletes! To reach the galleries which are located 20 meters underground, you have to go down about 140 steps. Once at the bottom, a temporary exhibition space tells the history of the Catacombs and underground Paris, since prehistoric times where the site was submerged under water. This short introduction immerses visitors in the unusual world of the Catacombs. They are ready for the visit! On the way to 2 kilometers of route , along galleries steeped in history . The path is marked with numerical inscriptions which bear witness to the different periods of work carried out during the centuries of operation of the basements. In total, it takes a little more than 45 minutes of visit , But do not panic ! The passage is wide, clean, lighted, high ceiling and signposted. The site staff guide visitors and answer their questions at any time.
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