Much like the Magnificent Seven Cemeteries of London, Paris also has its own collection of large garden cemeteries. Often referred to as ‘The Big Three‘ these cemeteries were built on what was once the outskirts of Paris with a similar historical evolution to their London counterparts.
“Dequelque coté que tu tournes la mort est aux aguets”
“Whichever way you turn, death is on the lookout”
In the underbelly of Paris, below the water and waste pipes and Metro tunnels is a place that stays at a constant temperature of 14°C and attracts over 300,000 visitors a year.
I first felt the need to visit The Catacombs of Paris after watching the film ‘As Above, So Below’ which mixed my fascination with the intriguing tale of Nicolas Flamel (more about him in a later post) as well as my love of history and horror. Having been to Paris before and done all of the touristy things a plan to go back and do the ‘alternative history of Paris’ was hatched!
In May I was lucky enough to be taken on a trip to Transylvania in Romania by my partner Gavin. The main reason for me visiting was to see the land that bore the Medieval prince who inspired my favourite story ‘Dracula’ and to experience the place that is heavily associated with the vampire myth that I am so taken with.
It’s to the eternal shame of this graveyard junkie that I’ve been travelling to the beautiful and tiny Mediterranean island of Malta for about ten years and only just got round to visiting Addolorata Cemetery.