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Photos by Tristan Savatier

Catacombs of Paris ("Catacombes de Paris"), about 20 meters (60 feet) underground, under Paris city center.

This is a part of the 200 Km (130 Miles) network of ancient tunnels not opened to the public, but regularly visited by trespassing urban cavers called "cataphiles".

This is one of my favorite playgrounds, but it's also a dangerous and forbidden place where you can easily get lost.

You can look at several interresting videos of the Catacombs here (videos are in french).

Read this excellent article (in english) on National Geographic about this amazing off-limit underground world.

Those interconnected caves and tunnels are the remnent of antique limestone quarries were the stone was extracted to build the houses of Paris. Part of them are now used to store human bones moved from various old cemeteries around 1790, hence the (incorrect) name "Catacombs".

Only a small section of the Catacombs, called the Ossuary, is opened to the public near Place Denfer-Rochereau in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. Visitors can see the the bones of about 6 millions people filling up large underground chambers. See Les "Catacombes de Paris" (official website) for more info.

salle Z - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, salle z, trespassing, underground quarry, val-de-grace, vaults, voutes
trou de service de mme la reine - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, trespassing, underground quarry, val-de-grace, vault, voute
pilier à bras - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, pilier tourné, pilier à bras, pillar, trespassing, underground quarry, val-de-grace
graffiti dans l'abri laval (feuillantines) - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), abri des feuillantines, abri laval, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, street art, trespassing, underground quarry
graffiti dans l'abri laval (feuillantines) - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), abri des feuillantines, abri laval, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, street art, trespassing, underground quarry
graffiti dans l'abri laval (feuillantine) - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), abri des feuillantines, abri laval, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, philippe glade, street art, trespassing, underground quarry
graffiti dans l'abri laval (feuillantines) - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, glow-in-the-dark, illegal, le cap, paris, phosphorescent, rosace, saint denis, street art, trespassing, underground quarry
pilier à bras - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, pilier tourné, pilier à bras, pillar, trespassing, underground quarry, val-de-grace
cataphile - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cataphile, cave, clandestines, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, trespassing, underground quarry, urban caver, val-de-grace
skull sculpture - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
bacchus - cataphile - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
etched stone plates - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), 262, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, stone markers, stone plates, trespassing, underground quarry
etched stone plate - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, stone markers, stone plates, trespassing, underground quarry
fresque du dragon - baptême des promotions de l'École des mines de paris - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, dragon, ecole des mines, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry, École des mines
M.C. escher stairs - fresques de baptême des promotions de l'École des mines de paris - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, ecole des mines, illegal, m.c. escher, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
fresques de baptême des promotions de l'École des mines de paris - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cataphile, cave, clandestines, ecole des mines, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
fresques de baptême des promotions de l'École des mines de paris - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cataphile, cave, clandestines, ecole des mines, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
fresques de baptême des promotions de l'École des mines de paris - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), 1995, 270, cave, clandestines, ecole des mines, illegal, paris, roofs, toits, trespassing, underground quarry
fresques de baptême des promotions de l'École des mines de paris - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cataphile, cave, clandestines, ecole des mines, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - bottom of an access shaft, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, shaft, trespassing, underground quarry
stone carving - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - bar des rats, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, sculpture, trespassing, underground quarry
muddy hands - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - juju - julie, cave, clandestines, gloves, hands, headlamp, headlight, illegal, led light, mud, muddy, paris, petzl, tikka, trespassing, underground quarry, woman
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - fabienne and mixed lights - blue LED light, blue light, cave, clandestines, glowing, headlamp, headlight, illegal, led lights, paris, petzl, tikka, trespassing, underground quarry
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - bar de rats - rocco, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, pilier, pillar, trespassing, underground quarry
graffiti - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - bar des rats, cave, clandestines, graffiti, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
graffiti - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - bar des rats, cave, clandestines, graffiti, illegal, paris, street art, trespassing, underground quarry
hokusai's giant wave graffiti - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - bar des rats, cave, clandestines, corps blanc, graffiti, hokusai, homme blanc, illegal, jerome mesnager, paris, street art, trespassing, tsunami, underground quarry, wave
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - bar des rats - julie and fabienne cleaning-up a water well, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry, water well
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - bar des rats, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
carved plate indicating road name - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), ancienne, cave, clandestines, d'orleans, d'orléans, illegal, new year's eve, paris, plate, routte, sign, underground quarry
alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, woman
alyssa, gaëlle and coraline - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, sticking out tongue, sticking tongue out, underground quarry, women
alyssa, gaëlle and coraline - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, women
alyssa, gaëlle and coraline - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, women
alyssa, gaëlle and coraline - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, women
alyssa, gaëlle and coraline - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, women
alyssa and gaëlle - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, women
alyssa is the devil - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, fire, illegal, low key, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wax, woman
wax play - woman holding burning candles with dripping wax, candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, fire, illegal, low key, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wax play, woman
wax play - woman holding dripping candles, candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, eyes, fetish, fire, illegal, low key, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wax play, woman
alyssa is the devil - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - candles, candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, fire, illegal, low key, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wax, woman
alyssa is the devil - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, fire, illegal, low key, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wax, woman
alyssa is the devil - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - candles, candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, fire, illegal, low key, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wax, woman
alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - candles, candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, fire, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wax, woman
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - alyssa and coraline, camcorder, candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, shooting, underground quarry, video camera, woman
alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wine, woman
alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wine, woman
alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wine, woman
cataphile in candle-lit cave - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wine bottle, woman
alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wine, woman
alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wine, woman
alyssa with video camera - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), camcorder, candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, shooting, underground quarry, video camera, woman
alyssa with video camera - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), camcorder, candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, shooting, underground quarry, video camera, woman
alyssa with video camera - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), camcorder, candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, shooting, underground quarry, video camera, woman
gaëlle and alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, women
gaëlle and alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, women
gaëlle and alyssa - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphile, cave, champagne, clandestines, illegal, new year's eve, paris, underground quarry, wine, women
no playing with the bones! - real human skull - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), clandestines, dead, desecrated, desecration, headlamp, headlight, human remains, human skull, illegal, ossuary, paris, petzl, skeletal remains, skeleton, tikka, underground quarry
urban caver playing with a real human skull - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), clandestines, dead, desecrated, desecration, human remains, human skull, illegal, ossuary, paris, skeletal remains, skeleton, underground quarry
human skull - catacombes de paris, clandestines, dead, human remains, human skull, illegal, ossuary, paris, skeletal remains, skeleton, underground quarry
municipalité du XII-eme arrondissement - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), 262, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, plate, sign, underground quarry
carved plate - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, hostellerie de la herse, hotellerie de la herse, hôtellerie de la herse, illegal, paris, plate, sign, underground quarry
cabinet minéralogique - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cabinet mineralogique, cabinet minéralogique, cave, clandestines, fisheye, illegal, paris, underground quarry
le cabinet minéralogique - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cabinet mineralogique, cabinet minéralogique, cave, clandestines, fisheye, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
cabinet minéralogique - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cabinet mineralogique, cabinet minéralogique, cave, clandestines, fisheye, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
consolidations under the val-de-grâce hospital - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, consolidations, graffiti, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry, val-de-grace
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, trespassing, underground quarry, val-de-grace
vaults - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), arches, cave, clandestines, françois mansard, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry, val-de-grace, vaults
plaque hauteur de l'escalier mansart - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), 18.9969, cave, clandestines, hauteur, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, metres, paris, pieds, plate, pouces, trespassing, underground quarry, val-de-grace
labyrinthe du val-de-grâce - cataphiles (urban cavers) lost in the "maze" under the val-de-grâce hospital - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, graffiti, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, trespassing, underground quarry, val-de-grace
graffiti under the val-de-grâce hospital - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, graffiti, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, pillar, skeleton, skull, trespassing, underground quarry, val-de-grace
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - salle Z, cave, clandestines, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, labyrinthe du val-de-grâce, paris, salle z, trespassing, underground quarry, val-de-grace, vaults
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, illegal, moving, paris, rue de la tombe-issoire, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
cataphiles (urban cavers) in underground tunnel - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cataphiles, cave, clandestines, hôpital du val-de-grâce, illegal, paris, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry, val-de-grace
catacombes de paris - renegade party in the catacombs of paris (off-limit area), brewal, cave, clandestines, fred, gael, gaël, illegal, paris, salle des agapes, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - breaking walls - calamity & olrik, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, man, olrik, p3200tmz, paris, tmax, tunnel, underground quarry
urban caver olrik writing on concrete wall of a utility tunnel with a carbide lamp (paris), acetylene, carbide lamp, cave, caving, clandestines, graffiti, illegal, olrik, p3200tmz, paris, safety helmet, spelunking, tag, tmax, trespassing, underground quarry, utility tunnel
julie - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, illegal, ladder, le bunker, paris, salle de l'anschluss, salle de rahan, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
caver - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - BHV in one of the ossuaries, cave, clandestines, illegal, ossuary, paris, skeletal remains, skeleton, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
catacombes de paris - renegade party in the catacombs of paris (off-limit area), brewal, cave, clandestines, fred, gael, gaël, illegal, paris, salle des agapes, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
party - catacombes de paris - renegade party in the catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, salle des agapes, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
party - catacombes de paris - renegade party in the catacombs of paris (off-limit area), brewal, cave, clandestines, fred, gael, gaël, illegal, paris, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
party - catacombes de paris - renegade party in the catacombs of paris (off-limit area), brewal, cave, clandestines, fred, gael, gaël, illegal, paris, salle des agapes, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
carved plate - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), carved plate, cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, sign, sourds-muets, sours-muets, trespassing, underground quarry
mucha-style graffiti painting on door, near the FFI shelter - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), abri ffi, art nouveau, cave, clandestines, denfert-rochereau, door, graffiti, illegal, jugendstil, marteau d'égoutier, mucha, painting, paris, plaque soleil, skull, street art, tampon de regard, trespassing, underground quarry, woman
candels - chandelier - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cave, chandelier, clandestines, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
gargoyle - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), broken, cave, clandestines, gargoyle, head, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
gargoyle - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - BHV, cataphile, cave, clandestines, finger in nose, finger in the nose, gargoyle, head, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
stone castle - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), castle, cave, clandestines, fortifications, illegal, paris, sculpture, towers, trespassing, underground quarry
rue des catacombes - carved plate - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), carved plate, cave, clandestines, illegal, lily flower, paris, sign, trespassing, underground quarry
cavers - catacombes de paris - renegade party in the catacombs of paris (off-limit area), candles, cataphiles, cave, clandestines, illegal, pamela, paris, trespassing, underground quarry
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, illegal, motion blur, paris, silhouette, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, graffiti, illegal, paris, trespassing, underground quarry, vault
manhole cover - shaft - ladder - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), boots, cave, clandestines, illegal, ladder, manhole cover, paris, plaque d'egout, plaque d'égout, plaque soleil, puits à échelons, shaft, silhouette, tampon de regard, trespassing, underground quarry, well
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, fire, fumi, fumigène, illegal, mine tunnel, paris, silhouette, smoke, trespassing, underground mine, underground quarry
smoked-in gallery - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, fumi, fumigène, graffiti, illegal, paris, silhouette, smoke, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
stone vaults - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris, arches, cave, clandestines, illegal, la vache noire, masonry, paris, stone vaults, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
rue de la tombe issoire (aka rue st jacques) - catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area), cave, clandestines, illegal, paris, rue de la tombe issoire, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry, vanishing point
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - G.O. (gestapo des ondes), avenue d'orleans, cave, clandestines, g.o., gestapo des ondes, illegal, paris, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry, vanishing point
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - la plage, cave, clandestines, fisheye, graffiti, illegal, la plage, paris, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry
urban explorer with head lights - libby - urbex (paris), cataphile, cave, clandestines, head-lights, headlamp, headlight, illegal, libby, mine worker, miner, paris, tikka, trespassing, underground quarry, woman
catacombes de paris - catacombs of paris (off-limit area) - 1786 - caroline dagneau, 1786, acetylene, carbide lamp, cataphile, cave, clandestines, illegal, low key, paris, trespassing, tunnel, underground quarry, vault, voute