Title: The Catacombs of Paris
Thomas, Diane Langlumé,
with photographs by Emmanuel
Paris, the City of Light, also has its share of darkness. Beneath the
capital, a subterranean labyrinth of former quarries holds the remains
of six million Parisians, moved here after a decision in the late 18th
century to close cemeteries within the city walls to protect public
The Catacombs of Paris accompanies visitors through
the vast maze of sombre
galleries and narrow corridors where limestone was once mined, and
leads them between the walls of bones and macabrely romantic
compositions of this fascinating “empire of death” that is the Ossuary.
The Catacombs of Paris is
accompanied with a detailed map of the Catacombs and the Ossuary.
A French version of the book is available.
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