☆ Place Denfert-Rochereau and Catacombes ☆
At the intersection of a constellation of avenues, the bronze lion by Bartholdi faces West so as not to offend the Prussian enemy, defeated at Belfort in 1870..
Around the perimeter stand the two unpopular tax pavilions that punctuated the wall encircling Paris until the 19th century..
Denfert is also the entrance to the “Land of the Dead” or catacombs – the underground tunnels used as the ossuary of the cemetery of the Innocents in 1785..
A wall of skulls and a rotunda of tibias isn’t for sensitive souls, so you might prefer to get away to the area in and around rue Daguerre with its attractive small shops and eateries..
Catacombes de Paris (14th). M° Denfert-Rochereau. Tel: 01 43 22 47 63.
Tue to Sun: 10am-5pm. €7. RR: 5.50 € –14-26yrs: €3.50. Under 14s: free. www.paris.fr