I, Cataphile: A Night Exploring Paris’s Underground Catacombes

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Last night, I fulfilled a longtime dream of mine to sneak into Paris’s famed network of underground tunnels.

Measuring 270 kilometers in total length, they are called catacombes but are actually limestone quarries from centuries ago.

The following video is my 24-minute documentary on the night. There is a one-minute trailer at the beginning.


And here are some photos.


Cata01 Taking a break with a gargoyle in “Le Chateau”


Cata02 In the “Sarco”


Cata03 We found this gigantic statue


Cata04 This tunnel was longer than it looks


Cata05 Clearly most of my photos were during breaks


Cata06 Olivier is starting to stress over our whereabouts


Cata07 There were many passages like this where the water came up above my knees and flooded my spelunking boots

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