The former underground quarries of Tombe-Issoire in Montrouge, in the outskirts of Paris, became a site for burial when a major epidemic took thousands of lives. Before long, the 800 hectares of grounds underneath the French capital was packed with corpses. Later, the millions of remains in the form of skulls and femurs created a bone-chilling look altogether. For the tourist wanting a look at the morbid attractions in Paris, this is definitely a place to visit. Below are some of the more interesting facts about this place.
Ancient Illicit Operations Underneath
In the past century, the unlawful operations taking place here were quite sophisticated. There were power lines, restaurant and bars, phones and even vast cinema halls. These were discovered by the police forces that went for training in the catacombs.
These were rather more adventurous and strange people who loved to think out of box, and who spent their leisure time in the tunnels. They partied in groups, and also helped the potential visitors to the city by creating maps. Tourists not keen on Paris walking tours can reach this place via Denfert-Rochereau.
A Swimming Spot for Vagabonds
For the Cataphiles, it never matters if they are having a dip in the mysterious water bodies scattered in the Catacombs. They claim it to be refreshing, though it sounds really weird. The water is seldom seen murky, so they have to choose better.
The Unknown Periphery of the Expanse
The tunnels are indeed vaster than they look from outside. From here you can find the packed catacombs. The remains are laid in burial chambers called Ossuaries. Long back, the tunnels were mapped for up to 200 miles. Nobody knows where this ground extends to.
Mushroom Cultivation in the Tunnels
It is really weird that something a human consumes would be grown in between human remains. The practice of cultivating Button Mushrooms was started way back in the 19th century. More awkwardly, the Horticultural Society of Paris recognized this practice and approved.
Hideout during World Wars
Places like these catacombs were well utilized by the fighting powers on both sides of the war. The French armies used them to hide from the German spies in many instances.
Vintage Wine Heist
This happened when a group of thieves drilled the walls of the tunnel into a secret cellar full of vintage wines beneath an apartment. They got roughly 250000 Euros selling the 300 bottles they nicked that time.