Top 4 Haunted Places to Visit in Paris, France
#1: Paris Catacombs
Considered one of the most haunted places in the world, the Paris Catacombs are in a labyrinth of human bones. Officials began placing the remains of dead French people here in the late 18th century, and over time, the skulls and bones were rearranged into what is regarded now as an amazing metaphorical work of art. From dozens of youtube videos claiming to capture the ghosts that roam the catacombs to countless articles on ghost legends, this place is sure to satisfy your haunted cravings! Check out our Pere Lachaise walking tour, running on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
#2: Pere Lachaise Cemetery
With over 300,000 tombs and graves, this is the largest cemetery in Paris, France and the most visited cemetery in the world. It was opened in 1804 and features gorgeous, winding cobblestone paths for visitors to enjoy. There are hundreds of famous people buried here, including artists, philosophers, scientists, writers, singers, composers, etc. Ghost lovers say that the spirits of author Oscar Wilde and the Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison can be found here. Others say that the loving couple Marcel Proust and Maurice Ravel rise from their graves at night, searching for one another.
#3: Notre Dame de Paris
One of the most famous Gothic cathedrals in the world, this beauty took 200+ years to build. Ghost hunters say that it houses the roaming spirits of kings and many other people. The extraordinary art of the cathedral is lavish, and the haunting ambiance is heightened by gargoyles perched high on the building, as well as carved stone faces that peer out from the front doors. Indeed, legends say that the gargoyles here come to life in order to frighten away evil spirits.
#4: Bastille Ruins
Entrenched in history, this prison fortress is widely known for its connection with the French Revolution. Construction of the Bastille began in 1357 and increased in size until the early 1600’s. It was a rectangular structure that had eight towers of eighty feet high that were surrounded by a moat. Although it functioned as a battle fortress at first, by the late 1600’s, it was primarily used as a prison. It was prison home to the infamous Marquis de Sade and the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask for a number of years. Some of the Bastille Ruins are located on Boulevard Henri IV, and the former location of the fort is currently called the Place de la Bastille and located at 75011 in Paris, France. Both locations have numerous reports of haunting, including strange smells and ghost sightings.