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Explore the catacombs of Paris

By: Shea Gunther on Oct. 25, 2011, 11:10 a.m.
Skull wall in Paris catacombs

Photo: jessica mullen/Flickr

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Catacombs entrance

To enter the catacombs you must travel 60 feet into the earth, down a steep and narrow spiral stairwell. A mile walk leads to the stone portal, the entry to the ossuary, where this inscription greets visitors:  "Arrête, c'est ici l'empire de la Mort" ("Stop, this is the empire of Death.") A step through the portal leads to the halls of bones themselves.