We met up with Smith in the morning to talk about our final project proposals, so we did not have time to do much that day. After the meetings, we all met up with Smith to visit the Catacombs. The Catacombs used to be outside of Paris. It was located at the southern gates of Paris – nicknamed gates of hell.
The Catacombs used to be illegal sandstone quarries. The quarries led to a lot of holes in Paris, which later led to a lot of problems.
King Louis XVI commissioned an inspection of the underground Paris. The ‘Inspection Générale des Carrières’ (inspection of mines) was the outcome of that commission. This led to the rule that there would be no more mining in Paris. The inspection was to find where the mining holes are. And to use a form of adaptive reuse, the city decided that churches with mass graves really needed to empty out those graves to make room for more dead people. So the city dug up all those bones and put them in the old quarry tunnels. So the city puts lots of bones in there and in 1810 it became a tourist attraction based on death. There are 6 million bodies in the catacombs and we did not see all of them.
This form of adaptive reuse kills multiple birds with one stone (or bone).