Exploring the Sinister Catacombs of the City of Light

October 24, 2009 at 11:48 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Popularly called the catacombs, the Mines of Paris comprise tunnels running for literally hundreds of kilometers, spread over several levels in a maze of echoing mystery. Out of bounds to the public since 1955, for decades the cataphiles have claimed it as their own.
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Photo: Zoriah

By the light of torches, candles or miners lights, haunting scenes centuries old appear to unfold. Mud-caked galleries, abandoned quarry caverns and even chambers containing human bones throw up their secrets. Consulting maps, self-trained guides lead the way, while others look for opportunities to take photographs. Some paint murals, create graffiti, play music, or even work at opening blocked sections of the Mines. For the diehard, spending days on end here in the catacombs is as normal as a walk in the park.

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