Arrête! C’est ici l’empire de la mort

It seems that every day I am in Paris, I check something off the bucket list. Today, I finally got to visit the Paris Catacombs.

Entrance, as seen from the Metro station. 


Statue to the left of the Metro station:

Going down into the Catacombs:

The Empire of the Dead

The reverse lintel says, “Quocumque ingrederis, Sequitur mors, corporis umbra” (However thou enterest, Death shadowlike will follow thy every step). 

Plate commemorating the establishment of the Ossuary. 

In memory of the ancestors. 

Croix de Bordeaux 

Like waves, our days have washed away. 

Crypt of the Passion of Christ

Pillar of the Clementine Nights


He who has learned to despise life does not fear death. 

At the end of the Catacombs is the Fontis Hat:


And then you come out a nondescript door on a side street:

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