• Posted:Monday, May 10, 2010
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Pay your respects in Paris

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Pay your respects in Paris
History lovers travelling in France need to get themselves booked into a Paris hostel and use it as the perfect base for exploring the wonderful French city.

One unusual thing to see in the capital includes the Catacombs of Paris museum, which has been there since the end of the 18th century and offers a new take on the deceased.

The venue features the remains of around six million Parisians – it sounds morbid, but it really is a site to behold and not something that should be avoided when travelling in the City of Light.

But make sure you don't leave it too late as both Rick Steves, who writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and I think people need to get to the site before 14:30.

He said: "Long lines are the norm at the Catacombs, where millions of skeletons unearthed from former Paris cemeteries have been neatly and eerily stacked, filling miles of tunnels from a medieval plaster of Paris quarry."

The loose skulls are now wired in place, according to Mr Steves, after a spate of vandalism caused the place to shut down but it is back open again now and ready to welcome those looking for a thoroughly attention-grabbing experience – something which I can assure you it will be!

And the tunnels and crypts make up a fascinating exploration of what used to lie underneath the city's streets. People put the bones of their dead in the underground passages and it is now both fascinating and macabre to behold.

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