Explore the catacombs of Paris
Tue, Oct 25 2011 at 11:10 AM
Paris was a crowded city in the late 1700s. It had a burgeoning population clamoring for housing and burial plots. The city's churches maintained their own graveyards within city limits, which were overcrowded and unsanitary. To free up valuable real estate and get rid of the health hazard of overflowing graves, officials dug up the graves and moved the remains to abandoned quarry tunnels outside the city limits. Check out this collection of photos from the catacombs.