You guys loved our article about The Winchester Mystery House offering virtual tours to housebound aficionados of the paranormal during the Coronavirus crisis. We figured we’d share other virtual tours in an effort to ease the stress of being stuck at home. You might be in self-quarantine, but you can tour one of the creepiest locations on Earth with a click of your mouse: The Catacombs of Paris!
In the late eighteenth century, when major public health problems tied to the city’s cemeteries led to a decision to transfer their contents to an underground site. Paris authorities chose an easily accessible site that was, at the time, located outside the capital: the former Tombe-Issoire quarries under the plain of Montrouge. The first evacuations were made from 1785 to 1787 and concerned the largest cemetery in Paris, the Saints-Innocents cemetery.
The site was consecrated as the “Paris Municipal Ossuary” on April 7, 1786, and, from that time forward, took on the mythical name of “Catacombs”, in reference to the Roman catacombs, which had fascinated the public since their discovery. Starting in 1809, the Catacombs were opened to the public by appointment. (Source)
Take your virtual tour of the Paris Catacombs now, HERE.
The 2014 horror movie As Above, So Below is about the Paris Catacombs and was filmed on location. It’s a highly underrated horror flick, so if this virtual tour puts you in the mood for horror, consider giving it a look-see. Check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) has devoted her whole life to finding one of history’s greatest treasures: Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold. When she learns that the stone is hidden underground in the Catacombs of Paris, she assembles a crew to guide and document her historic mission. As they begin their descent, the team-members have no way of knowing that they are entering their own personal hell.
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