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Explore the catacombs of Paris

Underground art in Paris catacombs

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Underground art

The ossuary is just a small part of the tunnel system known as the catacombs. The tunnels stretch for miles underneath the city streets. Breweries once brewed and stored beer in the cool underground spaces while artists painted elaborate murals that stretched down long corridors. Fans of the tunnels are called cataphiles and they enter the underground area through the few entrances that haven't been sealed off by authorities.