Top 3 Haunted Sites in Paris
Ah, Paris, the city of romance and love! It is quite a surprise to find that behind that façade, Paris hides an ugly underbelly, with some of the most vicious hauntings in the world.
A city that has been the scene of many bloody events from the wars of the Visigoth and Merovingian, the French Revolution, the activities of serial murderers and the capture of the city by Germans during World War II, Paris has seen the highs and lows of mankind.
There are several places you can visit if you want to know more about the horrors that have happened there, from “Paris haunted tours” to
Catacombs of Paris
Beneath the Parisian cobblestone streets, there are tunnels filled with human remains.
As the population of Paris grew during the eighteenth century, the cemeteries began to fill and the authorities resorted to the imaginative but somewhat insensitive measure of storing the bodies in an underground ossuary, where there had been quarries before. It is estimated that there are about 6 million bodies buried beneath the Parisian streets and avenues.
With that history, no wonder that there are people who believe that the catacombs are haunted. Visitors say they feel touched by invisible hands and have the feeling of being followed. In extreme and rare cases, some people became hysterical and claimed to have been strangled.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
The cemetery is located in the East of the city, and was established by Napoleon Bonaparte and the first burial occurred in 1804, when a five year old boy was put to rest. One of the most famous and visited cemeteries in Paris, with its Gothic style and beautiful greenery, it houses the remains of several writers, musicians, artists, philosophers and important figures such as Honoré de Balzac, Frédéric Chopin, Maria Callas, Jacques Louis-David, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, singer of The Doors, whose spirit is reported to have been seen by many people. Flocks of fans visit the place each year, in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the talented singer’s ghost.
If you are in the mood for walking, being scared, and doing some Paris sightseeing, you might want to contact a specialized company such as Dark Paris, previously known as Mysteries of Paris; their storytellers will take you around and show you the darkness behind the lights of the city.0