Paris, France is a beautiful majestic place where tourists come for romance and the City of Lights.However just a mere 20 meters below the city lies a labyrinth that is 200 miles of tunnels and secret caverns transformed into a mass grave of some six million Parisians known as the Catacombs.
In the 18th Century the Catacombs or “Catacombs de Paris” underground ossuaries are quarries whose limestone was used to build most of the city of Paris. In 1786 the surrounding graveyards in Paris were the cause of many illnesses due to improper burials. Some homes were experiencing damage to their cellars due to the caskets breaking through the walls. Fear of more contamination the Parisians decided to use the old stone mines (catacombs) as a mass grave lining the walls with skulls and bones of the dead. In other areas, deep into the catacombs the dead were thrown into massive piles. A small section of the catacombs became a popular tourist attraction in the early 19th Century and continues to be today. Much of the catacombs are closed to the public due to unstable and unmapped sections. This was hardly a deterrent for some hard core explorers known as the “Cataphylls.” Cataphylls are urban explorers who are always finding creative ways of sneaking into the catacombs in search of unexplored sections and caves deep below the city.
In 2009 a video camera was discovered deep inside the walls of the Catacombs (see the footage below). After careful review it was discovered that this explorer was frightened by an unknown source resulting in him dropping his video camera. The final footage was of his feet running away very fast. Most explorers who have experienced this same area of the catacombs say that when he dropped his camera his fate was sealed due to complete darkness and that he joined the ranks of dead.
Many have experienced paranormal activity within the confined walls of the catacombs, including Zak Baggans of “Ghost Adventures” who shot an independent documentary called the “Netherworld.” Zak’s curiosity of the found footage of the missing explorer is what drew him to shoot this documentary where he also learned of the possible haunting of Charles Axel Guillanmot who was the architect of the mine and he was responsible for placing the 6 million skeletons in this underground tomb. Some say that his soul is forever trapped in the catacombs by the displaced souls he once placed there centuries ago.