A story that seems inspired by horror movies has shaken Paris from its foundations. Two curious teenagers were trapped in the mysterious catacombs that lead a secret life beneath the city of Paris. The two boys aged 16 and 17 went on an exploration trip in the deserted labyrinth that the underground burial territory came to represent. Authorities managed to find the entrapped boys after three days of being lost in the Paris catacombs.
The History of the Paris Catacombs Reveals Some Gloomy Facts about the City
The catacombs of Paris are large underground ossuaries which harbor the remains of around six million people. They represent a small area of the ancient Mines of Paris. This network of tunnels was part of a solution authorities resorted to regarding two crucial problems.
First of all, the Parisian undergrounds suffered a series of cave-ins. Secondly, the cemeteries were becoming overcrowded. Therefore, from 1786 until 1788, the city reinforced its underground network of tunnels and filled them with remains from the cemeteries. This way, the Paris catacombs became the largest grave in the world. They were also open to visitors from around the world under the management of the Paris Museum.
The Two Entrapped Boys Received Hypothermia Treatment
According to city officials, the two boys got lost in these underground tunnels on Sunday. An anonym source reported their disappearance. The police worked a total of four hours to find the unfortunate boys. Eventually, tracker dogs located and rescued them. The authorities found them in good conditions considering the situation. They suffered from severe colds. Once at the surface, they received treatment for hypothermia.
The catacombs are still open to the public. However, visitors are allowed to view only a limited portion of the alembicated labyrinth of tunnels. Therefore, it is believed that the boys entered the 150 miles of restricted area on their own accord.
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