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Catacombs of Paris

 
 
Reply Tue 5 Apr, 2005 04:14 pm
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Francis
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 02:11 pm
Bob, you have already provided some useful information to Paris catacombs.

Nowadays, indeed, catacombs are places to excentrics an "in" people.

All kinds of events take place there.

Let's make a tour by clicking this link and next the bottom "suivez le guide"
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bobsmythhawk
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 02:34 pm
Wow! What a tour. I had read of the size so was prepared for an intricate edifice. It's amazing. Thank you so much. I must admit it's much easier on the feet this way.
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Francis
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 02:38 pm
Another link to bones
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Francis
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 02:41 pm
Another link to Catacombs in english
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bobsmythhawk
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 02:54 pm
I was really surprised at seeing subterranean gargoyles. The explanations seemed to be that they were used to represent the evil outside rather than inside the church. Of course the fact that it also channeled water comes as a second benefit. I'm not sure if the second benefit works in a tunnel.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 02:56 pm
A young friend of mine went to Paris with a group to tour the sewers. Part of her medical anthropology program at a Canajun university. I thought it a bit odd.
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bobsmythhawk
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 03:00 pm
Hi ehBeth. Francis kindly posted a wonderful tour. It's awesome when you realize only a tiny portion is truly the catacombs. The rest is a vast quarry. The dimensions are given.
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George
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 03:00 pm
I would absolutely freak out.
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Francis
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 03:02 pm
ehBeth wrote:
A young friend of mine went to Paris with a group to tour the sewers. Part of her medical anthropology program at a Canajun university. I thought it a bit odd.


You should not, IMO. As well as catacombs, sewers are places to see. They are huge with tags like streets and avenues above.
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Letty
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 03:41 pm
Francis, that was awesome. I recognized much of the French and as yet, have not been to the English translation. The medusa, I think, was particularly odd, but although, some of the chambers were a bit spooky, the small rooms were wonderful, with the light barely exposing the structure of the walls. What was that stained glass creature that seemed so out of place? I can visualize Jean Valjean plying his way those the loathsome waters, and secreted among the ancient bones and caverns.

The entire scene took my mind to The Cask of Amontillado by Poe.

Thank you, Bob, for pointing the way.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2005 03:58 pm
Added to my list "Before I Die".
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bobsmythhawk
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2005 08:05 am
These links are listed at the end of the wikipedia article. Definitely worth a look.



* Urbanadventure (http://www.urbanadventure.org/2003/2002trip/france/paris1.htm) - Information source on the catacombs with images, videos and maps
* Underground Paris (http://www.triggur.org/cata/) - A Paris Catacombs virtual tour with photos
* Zone Tour (http://www.zone-tour.com/) - Database of Urban Exploration
* Cyber Kata (http://www.cyberkata.org/) - List of links to various sites about urban exploration (French)
* Catacombs of Paris (http://www.showcaves.com/english/fr/misc/Catacombs.html) - some useful information, description, links
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