Are you ready to discover the spooky side of Paris? Join us as we take you on a journey to explore the ten most haunted places in the City of Light. From abandoned asylums to ancient catacombs, Paris is home to a wide range of mysterious and macabre places said to be haunted by the spirits of the past. Some of the best-known haunted places include the Paris Opera, where the ghost of a young ballet dancer is said to dwell, and the Paris Catacombs, where the remains of millions of Parisians line the walls.
But don’t just take our word for it. Get ready for a thrilling and spooky adventure as we uncover the legends, myths and stories of the haunted places in Paris.
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10/span> Rue des Chantres
This street is known by the locals as the most haunted street in Paris, and for good reason too. Over the years, the street has been home to multiple tragedies. In the 1900s, a hotel down the street was used as a place to quarantine extremely sick children. However, these children did not receive the luxury hotel experience. Rather, they were crammed and confined to the lower basement of the hotel, as far away as possible from their friends, family, and the public.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, a horrible storm hit all of Paris and the Rue des Chantres began to flood. Water leaked down to the lower level of the hotel where the children were, and with no way to escape, they all drowned. Today, many claim that they can hear the screams of deceased children as they walk down the street at night.
9 The Eiffel Tower
Oh no, it’s not the number 1 tourist attraction in Paris! Oh yeah. In fact, the Eiffel Tower is haunted. However, all the ghosts stay true to the theme of Paris: love. In some strange and twisted way, each ghost was brought there out of love, and his life ended out of love. One of the best-known Eiffel Tower ghost stories is that a man took his girlfriend to the tower to propose to her. When she refused her hand in marriage, he pushed her against her railing out of her anger. Instead of regaining her balance, the girl is said to have fallen over the railing to her death.
This story was said to have taken place in the 1920s, which is why there is limited documentation today. However, it is not far from something that very well could have happened. Some guests at the tower today have claimed to see a young woman dressed in 1920s garb walking over the railing before disappearing. Could this be the lost soul of the bride that she said no to?
8 Marcel Petiot’s apartment
Located near the Eiffel Tower is a luxury apartment complex that was once home to one of Paris’ most notorious serial killers. Marcel Petiot was a doctor with a terrifying past. As a child, adolescent and adult, he was diagnosed with many mental problems, but he was never reprimanded for his actions. Some of these included bringing a gun to school to shoot at age 11 and stealing army blankets, morphine and other army supplies while he was enlisted etc.
For whatever reason, he became a doctor, and during that time, managed to trick and kill anywhere from 27 to 150 people in just three short years. He acted like he was a loving man and offered a safe haven for many Jews fleeing the Nazis.
Once he got in contact with these innocent people, he pretended to give them an injection that he claimed would keep them safe from foreign diseases. Actually, the injection killed them. He rewarded himself with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, furniture, and belongings, all stolen from his victims. It was only when neighbors reported foul odors in his apartment that he was finally caught up. His former apartment is said to be haunted by the many souls whose lives he took.
7 Suicide Bridge
Also known as the suicide bridge, this bridge is beautiful. It is surrounded by greenery and is made of stone. From the looks of it, you would never assume his past. As soon as the bridge and private park opened in 1867, deaths began and only increased in the 1890s. Every month in 1896 there were no less than 29 suicides.
Today, he is reportedly haunted by the souls of those who ended their lives on the bridge. Sometimes at night, as pedestrians walk across the bridge and in the nearby park, they can hear the sounds of those who ended their lives on the bridge.
6 Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
The Père-Lachaise Cemetery is one of the largest and most haunted cemeteries in Europe. There are 70,000 graves and counting. Two of the best known ghosts are that of Mademoiselle Clairon, an actress, and her heartbroken stalker. It was just a coincidence that they were buried close to each other. During her lifetimes, the man had begged Mademoiselle Clairon to love him too, and when she rejected him, he had resorted to suicide.
Another more famous ghost story associated with Père-Lachaise is that of the “Wandering Woman”. According to legend, a woman dressed in black can be seen wandering through the cemetery in search of her lost son. Visitors to the cemetery have reported seeing the ghostly figure, sometimes accompanied by the sound of a child crying. Other ghosts said to be seen in the cemetery include a man in a top hat who appears in the oldest section of the cemetery, and a woman dressed in white.
5 Notre Dame of Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral located in the heart of Paris, France. The cathedral, built in the 12th and 13th centuries, is one of the most visited tourist sites in Paris. Some people believe that the cathedral is haunted by a number of spirits, including the ghost of Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, who is said to haunt the cathedral at night.
There have also been reports of ghostly apparitions of a black cat and a hooded figure, as well as strange noises and unexplained sounds coming from the cathedral. While there is no concrete evidence to back up these claims, many people find the legends and stories surrounding the haunted cathedral intriguing.
The Paris Catacombs, also known as the “Empire of the Dead,” are a network of underground galleries and tunnels that contain the remains of millions of Parisians. The tunnels were created at the end of the 18th century as a solution to the overcrowding of the cemeteries in the city. The bones of the deceased were exhumed from their graves and moved to the catacombs, where they were arranged in decorative patterns along the walls of the tunnels.
The catacombs are often associated with stories of hauntings and strange occurrences. Some people believe that the spirits of the dead that were placed in the catacombs still remain in the tunnels. Visitors to the catacombs reported feeling a sense of unease or being watched, as well as strange noises and cold spots. Some have even claimed to have seen ghostly apparitions or felt a presence with them while in the Catacombs.
3 Maison-Blanche Psychiatric Hospital
Hôpital Psychiatrique Maison-Blanche, or the White House Psychiatric Hospital, is a former mental institution located in the suburbs of Paris, France. The hospital was in operation from 1878 to 1997. During that time, it housed thousands of patients, many of whom are said to have been treated inhumanely.
Due to its history, the abandoned hospital is often associated with ghost stories and strange occurrences. Site visitors report feeling uncomfortable, as if they were being watched. Strange noises and cold spots are also common. Some have even claimed to have seen ghostly apparitions or felt a presence with them while in the hospital. There have been stories of patients being seen wandering the halls and bloodcurdling laughter and screams echoing through the empty buildings.
2 Museum of Vampires and Monsters of the Imagination
Yes, you read that right, and yes, it is haunted. A ghostly apparition of a man seated in an orange armchair is often seen. He is supposedly the grandfather of the museum’s current owner, Jacques Sirgent. He claims that his grandfather committed suicide outside in front of the building for reasons known only as love.
The ghost is not the only thing that haunts the museum. Each wall is lined with memorabilia related to vampires and monsters. There’s even a preloaded crossbow hanging on the wall, ready to be used to fight the vampires.
While at school, Jacques “specialized in studying the physical embodiment of evil.” His obsession with darkness and Dracula led him to create the Museum of Vampires and Monsters of the Imagination, and he spent years searching for and collecting artifacts from it.
1 Garnier Palace
The Palais Garnier, also known as the Paris Opera, is a large and historic opera house located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. The opera house was designed by the architect Charles Garnier and was built at the end of the 19th century. It is known for its opulent and ornate architecture, and has been the home of the Paris Opera since its opening in 1875. It is also the setting for the infamous Phantom of the opera history.
Although The Phantom of the Opera It’s fictional, some of the spooky details are true! For example, a lake is actually below the opera house. Also, in 1896, a large seven-ton chandelier fell on top of someone, killing them on impact. The last tragedy occurred in 1873 when a fire broke out on the stage, killing a dancer and disfiguring a pianist who later died.
Despite these tragedies, the main ghost seen is actually none of the ones mentioned above. Rather, it is that of an old woman who walks outside the Opera House in search of her lost lover.
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