The bucket lists of avid travelers and occasional vacationers alike are filled with famous monuments, ancient temples and incredible natural wonders. Crypts and catacombs, on the other hand, are not as common a catalyst for travel.
While Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower will likely bring more people to Paris than its catacombs, this gallery proves it’s a worthy addition to your itinerary. In fact, the eight catacombs on this list, while grim, offer a fascinating glimpse into the past and a bold reminder that life is short so travel often.
Paste Travel’s Bucket List columnist Lauren Kilberg is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her travels have found her camping near the Pakistani border of India and conquering volcanoes in the Philippines.