In 1785 there was a problem in Paris; the cemeteries were too full. To solve this problem, the remains were exhumed, and the bones were stored in the tunnels of disused quarries. One of these ossuaries is the catacombes, and is open to the public.
Sixty-five feet below the street, we walked through nearly a mile of tunnels that were lined with the bones and skulls of millions of Parisians.
It is said that these tunnels were used as a headquarters of the Résistance during World War II.
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Charles prepares to enter the "Empire of the Dead".
Tom's Christmas card photo.
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