September 18, 2009

Catacombs of Paris-- CLOSED because of vandalism!!


Fermeture des Catacombes

Suite à des actes de vandalisme, le site est fermé au public. 


Des actes de vandalisme ont été commis dans le parcours des Catacombes, haut lieu de l’histoire de la Ville de Paris. Des intrus se sont violemment attaqués aux murs d’ossements, provoquant d’importants dégâts et fragilisant l’ensemble.


Danièle Pourtaud, adjointe chargée du patrimoine, «manifeste sa vive émotion et sa tristesse face à cet acte de vandalisme inadmissible. Les Catacombes forment aujourd’hui le plus grand cimetière de Paris et un lieu patrimonial unique en son genre très fréquenté des Parisiens et des touristes. Afin d’effectuer au mieux la restauration de l’ossuaire, de préserver l’intégrité du site et
d’assurer la sécurité du public, il a été décidé de fermer les lieux au public.»

 

La date de réouverture sera communiquée ultérieurement.


Yahoo news reports this:  PARIS – Paris' underground bone collection, the catacombs, has been closed to the public indefinitely after being vandalized......
Isabelle Montagne, the spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office, said Wednesday that an investigation has been opened into the weekend incidents. The catacombs have been closed because the littered site has become hazardous, she said. Montagne and a police spokesman declined to give details of the damage.


Leave it to some people to ruin an historic site... It's just unthinkable.  I hope the catch the rotten b********!!!!!

Read more about it on David's blog, From The City of Lights.

7 comments:

debi_in_Hawaii said...

Leese...
what IS that?

Nadege said...

How sad! I can't imagine why anybody would want to do this.

Leesa said...

Nadege,

I know... It's a very sad thing that someone would do.
I don't know what motivates people to evil, destructive ways but it's terrible.

Rochelle said...

Unfortunately there exists an entire group of people who break into the catacombs at night for wild parties- this has been going on for decades. I really hate the idea of this, it demonstrates a total lack of respect (not to mention when they break in they litter and vandalise!).

Anonymous said...

I have been there and it is simply and amazing place. The idiocy of human beings never ceases to amaze me! How anyone could desecrate such a place is beyond me! GRRRRR!!!!

Leesa said...

Hi Rochelle,

I'm wondering if the people who do that are in a different section.. like the part that is not with the bones but just part of the tunnels where access is forbidden... Doesn't make it right of course..
David knows more about this than I do...

Anon - Thanks for posting a comment... I totally agree with you!!!

Anonymous said...

We travelled from the UK to visit the catacombs only to find it closed. So disappointed.