Airbnb Hosts a Special Halloween Night in Paris Catacombs
On the night where assuming all the souls come to life, would you spend this Halloween night in Paris Catacombs?
In the late 18th century, to avoid a public health problem in Paris, the remains of millions of people were moved to the Catacombs.
Airbnb.com hosts Halloween night in Paris Catacombs, because reasons. Two people can win a night in the underground graveyard with a ‘real bed’, dinner, breakfast and a private concert included.
You now have the opportunity to spend the best Halloween night alongside six million dead Parisians in the city’s catacombs.
This Airbnb retal offer is really unique, and it kind of scares me. It is a competition that the website launched to offer two people a night they won’t easily forget on 31 October.
“Before bedtime, a storyteller will have you spellbound with fascinating tales from the catacombs, guaranteed to produce nightmares. Finally, enjoy dawn with the dead, as you become the only living person ever to wake up in the Paris catacombs,” reads the listing.
Sources say that recently the California-based Airbnb paid up to 350,000 euros to have access to the tunnels.
“It was said that the wine was turning bad and the milk was curdling,” Sylvie Robin, the site’s curator, told AFP in an interview last year.
Located 20 meters under Paris, the catacombs are known as the ‘world’s largest grave’.
Among the bones lining the walls of the 2km-long (1.2-mile) tunnels – only a small part of a network of abandoned underground quarries – are pictures and quotes about mortality.
“Think in the morning that you might not survive until the evening, and in the evening that you might survive until the morning,” reads one.
The house rules section on Airbnb, which allows property dwellers and owners to rent a room or entire home, warns guests to “respect the catacombs as you would your own grave”.
The catacombs are famous among visitors; 500,000 of them visit the graves a year, and it was already rented out by films and for fashion shows. So we expect to see more of this in the future.
Writers such as Victor Hugo, Gaston Leroux and Anne Rice have all drawn inspiration from the spooky network of tunnels.
Airbnb, which was launched in 2008 has some millions of users worldwide.
The Paris town hall said the privatization of the Catacombs would “boost capital by finding new sources of revenue [and allow for] the preservation of this heritage site”.
So, what do you say? You want to win the Airbnb offer?