The origin of the Paris Catacombs, which it would be better to call “Municipal Ossuary”, goes back to the end of the 18th century. We were there more than two years ago on January 25 2014, but the date is irrelevant. Meanwhile time is relative when you visit the Catacombs. That day, I first waited in a long line in the rain and freezing cold, before taking the famous 213 steps to hell! Beside is a set of stone post that warns the unwary visitor, « Stop! This is the empire of death. » I continued …
« Stop! This is the empire of death »
The origin of the catacombs of Paris dates back to the late thirteenth century. They immediately aroused curiosity and even inspiration. Hopefully, the horror film Catacombs (As Above, So Below) released in 2014 will carry the same inspiration. If you like a little thrill, watch this very good American independent film, written and directed by John Erick Dowdle. A « found footage » type of film which is an idea used thousand times since The Blair Witch Project (1999), which is unfairly considered the origin of the genre. The actual original was « Cannibal Holocaust », an Italian-Colombian horror film made in 1980 by Ruggero Deodato. The director went through a process recovering « remnants found » and assembled like a documentary was considered authentic. I was horrified by this film when it came out, it convinced me that the victims were devoured by the horde of cannibals! Effective promotion advertised the film as « found footage. »
Designers Poster Catacombs did a great job: Eiffel Tower upside down on a red background is an unusual representation. This efficiently locates the venue for spectators worldwide. In town, night light displays are effective and really challenge the haunted passer-bys … For once the dark catacombs highlights the city of lights. An expression to contemplate …
The Catacombs of Paris, more than 2000 years of history
1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy – 75014 Paris
From Tuesday till Sunday from 10 am till 8:30 pm
Last admission: 7:30 pm
Catacombs will be opened every Sundays day before of Easter and of Pentecost (in March 27th and May 15th, 2016) and on May 5th and May 8th, 2016
Closed every Mondays and certain holidays: in May 1st.
Source: Official Site. Information published without prejudice. Please visit the Catacombs of Paris for more information.
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213: number of steps to access the site (130 to enter and 83 to leave).
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