The Cataphiles

An illustrated lecture with urban explorer and author Moses Gates


Date: Tuesday, September 4th

Time: 7:30pm

Admission: $12

Presented by Atlas Obscura

Though it’s known as the “City of Light,” there are 170 miles of absolute darkness that exist under Paris – a network of limestone quarries dotted with WWII bunkers, ossuaries, unofficial art galleries, and other assorted surprises colloquially known as “The Catacombs.” It is home to a subculture of people of all ages, interests, and nationalities who make a hobby of exploring and utilizing these and other hidden spaces throughout Paris – the “Cataphiles.”

Moses Gates will be covering the history, culture, and structures of this underground world in a slideshow presentation, as well as explaining how you, too, can become a Cataphile.

Moses Gates is an urban planner, licensed New York City tour guide, and visiting assistant professor of demographics at the Pratt Institute. He is the author of “Hidden Cities,” a memoir of urban exploration around the world available from Tarcher/Penguin March 21st.

This is part of the “Atlas Obscura Speakers” series of talks at Observatory.


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