Deep in the Parisian Catacombs a video camera was recovered by explorers. The recording it held is chilling. It may very well be that of a man videotaping his own slow death as he appears to become lost and drops his camera in fright and runs away. Many incidences have occurred where people have lost their way and have disappeared in its dark corridors forever. Ghost apparitions are quite common in Catacombs. It will highly be unusual not to get the eerie feeling inside this underground dungeon.
Photos with strange lights, orbs, disfigured entities are quite common. Some valid proof is also recorded by EVP devices. The intensity of events in the area is so high that sometimes tours are often cancelled due to uneasiness and creepy atmosphere.
Tour groups have complained that they have experienced strange happenings, while some have felt like being followed by “something invisible”.
In southern Paris is the gateway to a subterranean world of tunnels, caverns and mass graves beneath the city – the Paris catacombs. As you enter the building you descend down a narrow, stone spiral staircase, ending up 19 meters underground in the darkness of the quarry tunnels. These tunnels run below much of the city, covering over 175 miles in total.
They were first started in the 12th century to mine the limestone and gypsum used to build some of Paris’ most famous buildings, like the Louvre and Notre Dame cathedral. The mines were later abandoned and forgotten about until the city started expanding outwards onto the land above the mine tunnels which made the ground unstable. A major collapse in 1774 led to a whole street tumbling 100 feet into the ground. So a scheme was started up to repair and strengthen the rest of the tunnels.
As you walk through the tunnels of the ossuary, it is a labyrinth of passageways and galleries, stacked with bones. The smaller bones were piled up against the walls, with the longer bones stacked up at the front, along with some of the skulls. Although at first the idea was just to use the tunnels as a bone store, after about 1810 it was opened to the public as a mausoleum and the bones were more artistically arranged.
Some are arranged into shapes – like a heart of skulls – or pillars of bones, and there are urns and crosses from the original cemeteries scattered among them. Its hardly lit and the darkness and noise of the water dripping through gives it an eerie feel. Then at the end of the catacombs you emerge back up out into the light of a quiet backstreet, feeling like you’re back from another world.
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