Title: Les dessous de Paris: "Cartes sur table"
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PDF of the article by Gilles Thomas:
"Below Paris exist galeries remaining from the old limestone quarries,
which date from the beginning of the XIIIth century.
At the end of the XVIIIth century, the General Inspection of the
Quarries was created to repair and fortify the city streets, as well as
to draw up exact maps of the more than 250 km of mysterious tunnels.
That official map has now been created but there also exist other maps
made by illegal explorers of the catacombs (named “cataphiles”) in
order to move more easily through the underground streets."
Cataphiles - urban explorers impassioned by the Paris underground -
have borrowed the official maps made by the surveyors of the General
Inspection of the Quarries and created new and far more comprehensive
versions that are much more suited to their underground wanderings.
They are so accurate and practical, they’re even said to be used by the
These maps can be found on the net, free of charge. And
today, Urban Explorers come from all over the world to visit “the real
Paris catacombs”, from Europe and the U.S., as well as from the
farthest reaches, including the ex-Soviet Union and the Australian