23 Eerie Images from Inside the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs were opened in the late 1700s as a solution to overcrowding in the Parisian cemeteries. Originally the catacombs were based on a network of old mines, but during the 1800s these were extended until there were 180 miles of tunnels running beneath the city streets.

Today there are more than 6 million people buried in the catacombs, many of these bones are arranged in a “romantico-macabre” decoration you can see below.

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Alex Browne studied History at Kings College London and is an Assistant Editor at Made From History. He specializes in post-war history in the USA and Central America.