There's now a virtual tour of the creepy facility for people isolated due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Coronavirus pandemic has left us all exhausted - physically, mentally, and financially. As quarantine has become the buzzword now, just about everyone around the world has been confined to the four walls of their house for the last few weeks. With the stand-off expected to continue for the foreseeable future, our current situation isn't likely to change any time soon. So, the next best thing for us all to do is to keep ourselves busy with some productive work. That's exactly why we brought you stories of some exquisite virtual tours like this one about checking into some of the best museums in the world or this one about touring the national parks in the US. We didn't leave out our beloved horror fans either, we brought to you the story about the virtual tour of the Winchester Mystery House. And now, we have one more for you. Believe us when we tell you, this is possibly the creepiest one we've suggested. What's that you ask? The catacombs of Paris - the same one which still has skulls lined up along the walls.
Towards the end of the 17th century, Paris grew to become a major European hub and as the population increased, so did the number of deaths. This posed a major problem for the city's authorities as all the cemeteries in the city were overflowing and overstuffed with some even becoming uncovered. After pondering on a good solution to this problem, the administration singled out the centuries-old tunnels, the remnants of limestone quarries, under the streets of Paris since the 13th century. By the time the burials were completed, as many as 6 million Parisians' bones came to find their final resting place in the city's catacombs.
According to Smithsonianmag, the dead were buried directly in the catacomb's ossuaries during the beginning of the French revolution. Some popular characters from history who have their final resting place at the catacombs are Jean-Paul Marat, a radical voice among the revolutionaries, and Maximilien de Robespierre, an influential figure during both the Revolution and the subsequent Reign of Terror. The moving of the bones into the ossuaries started in 1763 with the last bone moved in 1859. You can take a virtual tour of the catacomb here.
In popular culture, the catacomb featured in a horror/mystery/thriller movie from 2014 called As Above So Below in a found-footage style movie directed by John Eric Dowdle. The movie involves an archaeologist learning about a mysterious hidden artifact that can turn any metal into gold and grant eternal life in the Catacombs of Paris. In a bid to get her hands on the treasure, she assembles a team of excavation experts and decides to document her historic mission. However, as they slowly make their way into the inner walls of the catacomb, they soon realize the treasure they are searching for is their own inner hell. The movie had a relatively profitable showing at the box office, making $41.9 million on a $5 million budget.