Tourists Make Incredible Discovery in Paris CatacombsTedEntertainment0 Comments 0 Underneath the elegant and gorgeous streets of Paris lie mysterious tunnels with piles of bones and skulls from floor to ceiling. These tunnels are miles long and hold the skeletons of over six million people. Tourists can access only parts of these tunnels. Other parts are off limits to tourists. That didn’t stop a few urban explorers from sneaking down into the catacombs and making an incredible discovery. A group of urban explorers decided that they would go down into the Parisian catacombs and check out its mysteries for themselves. Knowing it was a dangerous mission, they hired a guide to come with them. 2 The group had to climb down manholes, which is illegal in Paris. They were nervous about getting down, but that didn’t stop them. 3 This wasn’t going to be an easy journey. The group made sure to wear sturdy shoes and clothing they didn’t mind getting dirty or ripping. 4 Once they finally made it under ground, they realized that other people had come down to the tunnels illegally. There was graffiti on the walls signaling this group wasn’t the first to venture down here. 5 There were other markings on the wall beneath the graffiti. Carved into the walls were numbers from the 19th century. Construction workers and explorers probably left this so they wouldn’t get lost. 6 Urban explorers made it a point to journey down into the catacombs. How could the city of Paris expect empty manmade tunnels to stay empty? 7 There is even a word for people who like to explore these catacombs. They are known as “cataphyles.” The motto these people live by is that if you get lost in the catacombs, stay where you are. Someone will show up eventually. It’s very easy to get lost and you may be wandering around forever. 8 These tunnels are extremely dark and cover miles of Paris. So, our explorers made sure they came equipped with lanterns and flashlights to light their way. 9 There are some markings to let people know where they are while in the tunnels. Some places have the street signs of the street above them on the walls. 10 After a little while of wandering, our explorers seemingly came across a dead end. That is until they saw a hole about waist-high. Of course, they had to see what was in there. 11 When they approached the dead end, they thought their journey had ended. Little did they know that the discovery of that hole was just the beginning. 12 The first person to go through the hole was the tour guide. With enough bravery, he left his lantern behind and hoisted himself through the mysterious entrance. 13 This hole would test just how dedicated these explorers are to urban exploring. Only the brave and most dedicated would come out the other side. 14 It took a little while for the rest of the group to muster up the courage to go through the hole. 15 Seeing that their tour guide had made it safely through the hole, their only option was to follow him. 16 Their first fear was that the hole was going to be too small to fit through. Luckily, they were all able to make it. 17 They couldn’t believe what they found on the other side of that small hole. There was a large open space, big enough for them to relax before venturing on. 18 Throughout the catacombs the explorers noticed that people had left behind little artworks and items. They appreciated the touch of past generations. 19 Along with lanterns and flashlights, the group made sure to bring snacks and some red wine with them. What better way to celebrate an exploration than by having a picnic in the catacombs? 20 The first part of their journey wasn’t easy. The rest of their journey definitely wasn’t going to lighten up. 21 Their creepy picnic was just what they needed to muster up the energy to keep going on their exploration through the catacombs. 22 After cleaning up their belongings, they ventured on. They found themselves in a bunker filled with items of previous generations. 23 More graffiti covered the walls of their new location. The graffiti mixed with the original carvings and numbers was beautiful. 24 The group realized that they needed some more light to fully appreciate what they had discovered. They found some torches to use along with their lanterns and flashlights. 25 The group came upon a staircase during their exploration. At the top of the steps was a door. 26 Their curiosity for what was behind this door grew more and more intense. 27 According to the guide, who had brought many people through the catacombs, he once hosted a large dinner part in the tunnels. 28 Walking through the catacombs feels like you are walking on another planet. You are isolated from the rest of the world. It’s both peaceful and a little creepy. 29 Unfortunately, the catacombs are so large that it’s nearly impossible to cover all of it in just one night. 30 With so much graffiti present in the catacombs, the group couldn’t help but wonder if it would withstand the test of time for future generations to appreciate. 31 Graffiti is largely influenced by popular culture. We can only hope that the future generations will understand its influence. 32 There was still one more discovery had yet to make on their journey into the catacombs. 33 They noticed that the walls were shimmery and looked like they were moving. What could that be? 34 Once the group hung up a lantern, they couldn’t believe what they had discovered. 35 It was crickets that were making the walls shimmer and look like they were moving. It was probably hundreds of years ago that the bugs had made their home in the catacombs, safe and tucked away from humans. 36 This discovery was enough to make the group want to leave. Who would want to be stuck in an enclosed space with probably millions of bugs? 37 The group retraced their steps back to the manhole they had climbed down. Getting back up to the street was probably going to be the hardest part of their exploration. 38 Once they were all out of the catacombs, they quickly covered the manhole and ran away before anyone could catch them in the act.