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Creepy Ghost Stories And Legends From Paris

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Vote up the darkest tales from the City of Light.

The City of Light has seen a lot in its 2000-year history. From plagues to uprisings to cultural movements, literal history has passed through Paris's roads, buildings, and generations of residents. With so much going on, it's no wonder the city has its fair share of ghost stories. Some haunted Paris locations come as no surprise, such as the city's bone-filled catacombs and Père Lachaise Cemetery, where some of the city's most famous residents - including Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison, and Marcel Proust - reside in eternal slumber. However, other eerie locales are less obvious - places like Notre Dame Cathedral, Parc Montsouris, and the Palace of Versailles each have their own unique specters with dark tales behind them. 

If you're traveling through Europe and you're up for a little ghost hunting, there are plenty of haunted places in Paris that are easy to visit. Many of the most haunted spots even offer guided ghost tours. Hopefully, you'll have some convincing ghost stories from Paris when you return from your travels! 

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    A Music-Loving Ghost Haunts The Jardin Du Luxembourg 

     In 1925, a young medical student, Jean Romier, struck up a conversation with an older gentleman named Alphonse Berruyer on a park bench in the Jardin du Luxembourg. During their chat, Berruyer professed his passion for Mozart and invited Romier to his home for a chamber concert. 

    Romier accepted the invitation and went to the address on the day of concert. He was greeted by Berruyer, who introduced the young man to his family, the musicians, and other concertgoers. He stayed for the duration and enjoyed the show. After leaving, he quickly realized he had forgotten his lighter and turned around. He knocked on the door, but no one answered. A neighbor informed him the place had been vacant since its music-loving occupant had passed 15 years before. 

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    Rue Des Chantres Is One Of The Most Haunted Streets In Paris

    At the turn of the 20th century, Paris was plagued by tuberculosis and other diseases. When the hospitals reached capacity, apartments around the city served as makeshift overflow wards. One narrow street in the shadow of Notre Dame, Rue des Chantres, was home to an apartment that housed quarantined children. 

    During the day, the kids were allowed to play freely in the sunshine; at night, they were locked inside a ground-floor apartment as a safety measure. During a terrible storm one night, the Seine rose several feet and the children were drowned in their beds. Locals say you can still hear the kids laughing and screaming from the street as you walk by. 

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    A Beer-Loving Ghost Is One Of Many Spirits That Haunt The Catacombs 

    Of course a place that contains the bones of six million people is haunted. In the late 18th century, burials were banned in Paris for health reasons. King Louis XVI ordered the construction of catacombs beneath the city, and human remains from the city's overflowing graveyards were transferred to the underground site. It took 12 years to move all the bodies below ground. The city stopped transferring bones in 1860, but the ghosts remain, and visitors claim to have seen orbs and heard voices while exploring the area. 

    Philibert Aspairt may be one such ghost haunting the catacombs. In 1793, he allegedly went down into the tunnels in hopes of breaking into a brewery and never returned. He lost his light source and never found his way out. His body was discovered over 11 years later. 

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    Female Ghosts Can Be Seen At Notre Dame Cathedral

    Notre Dame Cathedral has had its fair share of apparitions over the course of its 850-year history. In 1882, Marie Felix jumped from the structure onto the railings below and was sliced in half. Over 80 years later, American tourist Veronica Mcconnell was walking in front of the cathedral when another woman jumped directly onto her, ending them both.

    This happened again in 1983 when a 24-year-old woman, Veronique Stalla-Bourdillon, jumped and hit a Canadian tourist, 29-year-old Johanne Pelletier. Ghostly females have since been seen on the cathedral's grounds, frantically pacing between its towers.