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The Library in the Catacombs

Many different things have been written about the catacombs lying deep beneath the“City of Light” Paris, France. Many say they are dangerous but also many tourists wish to go down into depths to see it all for themselves. It is a scary adventure with people having to wear miners’ helmets since there is no electricity and you have to pierce the thick darkness. One never knows what one might find down there and people have gotten lost. It is no wonder that the souls of the dead are restless beneath the streets of Paris. 

What you might not know is that most of the catacombs have been illegal to enter since 1955. Some adventurous souls known as urban explorers called cataphiles have chosen to make a world of their own down in the darkness and there they paint, sculpt, and create other art forms. To keep from being discovered or thrown out they have built false walls, trapdoors, and secret chutes. 

One of their secret chambers is the La Librairie which is filled with books sitting on hand-carved shelves. You can take the books for reading only first you must find a cataphile to guide you.

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    Would you like to go down in the catacombs?

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    Would you like to read some books there?

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