Paris Catacombs

Investigator Zak Bagans heads to Paris, where he learns from locals that the dead rest just beneath the streets, about 65 feet below in a massive labyrinth. His mission is to learn everything he can about the history, the culture and the mysteries of Paris’ catacombs -- especially as it relates to the afterlife.

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Zak Bagans in Paris
Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak Bagans heads to Paris, on a mission to learn everything he can about the history, the culture and the mysteries of Paris’ catacombs -- especially as it relates to the afterlife. 960 1280

  

Zak on the Pont des Arts

Zak on the Pont des Arts

Zak looks out on the Seine from the Pont des Arts. Also known as the Lovers’ Bridge, the bridge is famous for the padlocks that couples attach to the rails to symbolize their love. 960 1280

  

Paris Catacombs

Paris Catacombs

About 6 million people were buried in the Paris Catacombs, beginning in the 18th century. 960 1280

  

Paris Catacombs

Paris Catacombs

Thousands of bones line the walls of the Paris Catacombs, a maze that stretches for more than 180 miles. 960 1280

  

Paris Catacombs

Paris Catacombs

A human skull in the catacombs, where some of the bones are arranged in patterns. 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak Bagans in Paris

In Paris, Zak isn't just seeking evidence of spirits -- he is exploring the answers to the most important questions of life and death. 960 1280

  

Zak interviews Father John Moore

Zak interviews Father John Moore

Zak interviews Father John Moore on the streets of Paris to try to learn more about cataphiles, people who enter and explore the catacombs illegally through secret passageways hidden throughout the city. 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak does some research inside a library in Paris. Here he learns the story of Philliberet Asbuer. Philiberet was searching for liquor that the monks were known to hide in the catacombs. But then Philiberet was found dead, 30 meters from the catacombs’ exit. 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak conducts an interview in front of Beaurepaire Restaurant in an effort to track down one of the many secret entrances to the catacombs. 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak gets some last-second tips from the police before entering the catacombs. The police allow him access to the catacombs, but Zak quickly realizes that they are holding back information. 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak Bagans in Paris

Zak takes a moment to watch a Paris street performer. 960 1280

  

Paris Catacombs
Paris Catacombs

Paris Catacombs

Sixty-five feet below the streets of Paris, 6 million people were laid to rest throughout 180 miles of labyrinth-like tunnels. Only a small portion of the catacombs is open to the public for tours -- the rest is only accessible through secret passageways hidden throughout the city. 960 1280

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Legend has it that a man tried to propose marriage to his girlfriend at the top of the Eiffel Tower, but when she said she wanted to break up instead, he pushed her off the top in a fit of rage. And after a suicide in 2009 heightened security, paranormal investigators have been flocking to the famous landmark. 960 1280

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Parc Montsouris

Parc Montsouris

The beautiful Parc Montsouris south of the city’s center is said to be haunted by the headless ghost of a man who was murdered here by bandits centuries ago. It was also the testing ground for the guillotine, adding to its creepy history. 960 1280

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

One of the most famous cathedrals in the world, Notre Dame has hosted its fair share of powerful French figures ... who met untimely deaths. And with all the creepy gargoyles hanging around reminding people of the afterlife, it’s no wonder that haunted tales about the cathedral abound. 960 1280

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Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

Commissioned by Catherine de Medici in 1564, the garden of Tuileries Palace was opened to the public in 1667. But it’s believed that “The Man in Red,” Catherine de Medici’s confidant, continues to haunt the gardens after she had him murdered. 960 1280

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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

The royal chateau of Versailles is arguably one of the most famous attractions in France. But in the 18th century, it was also Marie Antoinette’s playground, and many witnesses claim to have seen her ghost -- mostly in the Petit Trianon, her personal apartment on the grounds. 960 1280

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Parc de Buttes Chaumont

Parc de Buttes Chaumont

Located in northeastern Paris, Parc de Buttes Chaumont, the fifth largest park in the city, opened in 1867. But for as beautiful as it is, the park sits on some seriously sinister ground. It was the location of the Gallows of Montfaucon, where people were hanged in groups and left to disintegrate before being buried below the gallows. 960 1280

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Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise

Paris' largest cemetery is also the final resting place for many famous people, including Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde. With more than 300,000 people buried there, your chances of seeing a ghost are pretty high -- in fact, witnesses claim to have seen Chopin wandering the grounds. 960 1280

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Pont Marie

Pont Marie

Linking the Île Saint-Louis to the Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, the stone arch bridge known as Pont Marie opened in 1635. The story goes that during World War II, a woman would meet her husband on the bridge to share information she had gleaned about the Nazis. But one night, when he didn’t show up, she died waiting for him in the cold. Visitors say you can still hear her sobbing. 960 1280

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The Louvre

The Louvre

Despite its status as one of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre’s history isn’t commonly known. Beneath the galleries and the famous glass pyramid lies a 13th-century, cylindrical dungeon, where many visitors snapping photos have caught mysterious orbs on film. 960 1280

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