More than a gruyère, Paris is a city with dual, almost schizophrenic. Under our feet lies another world. The approximately two hundred kilometres of underground quarries that run under the city are a factory in mysteries and fantasies. To understand them, approach them, venture out into the (lost?), there could be no better guide than Gilles Thomas. His notable books in the Parigramme (Atlas of the Paris underground, The Catacombs, underground Shelters of Paris.) are bibles for anyone who wants to know the lining of the City of Light. So armed, it is no more than to dive in…
The Paris Catacombs, 1, avenue of Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, place Denfert-Rochereau (Xiv).
Out of time, the esoteric bookshop Leymarie (V, e). Sébastien SORIANO/Le Figaro La librairie Leymarie
Some places seem to escape at the time. The world may collapse, the universe from awry, they are still there, such as tags. The Librairie Leymarie. Founded in 1858 by Allan Kardec, pope and theorist of spiritualism, and Pierre-Gaëtan Leymarie, the sign is held by the descendant of the latter. The hunter of mystery will find here books which deal with themes dear to the western esoterica: secret societies, magic, clairvoyance, sorcery. He may even be able to get the tarot by M. Leymarie in person, which has been operating for over half a century! Spirit, are you there?
Librairie Leymarie, 42 rue Saint-Jacques (Ve). Tel.: 01 43 54 19 53.
The Institut métapsychique international
The Institut métapsychique international (IMI) was founded in 1919 by the Nobel laureate Charles Richet. Always driven by Mario Varvoglis, an American of Greek origin, this foundation’s mission is to perform scientific research around the phenomena that seem beyond our understanding. Such as clairvoyance, precognition, or telepathy. Hasn’t been on the home page of their website: “The paranormal, we do not believe. We are looking at it.” Even if the institute does not visit, the library is open by appointment for an audience of researchers. Conferences are organized on a regular basis. You can watch in this moment at the exhibition “Mental Radio”, Kosmas Nikolaou. From 4 to 6 July 2019, the IMI will celebrate the centenary of its founding.
The Institut métapsychique international, 51, rue de l’aqueduc (Xe). Tel.: 01 46 07 23 85.
The Paris who is afraid, Editions Minus. Minus Editions Tremble with the family
Because there is no age to taste the strange, the guide The Paris who is afraid draws through the capital city a tour of unusual places and magic. The more young people and their parents will be able to follow the trace of the small red man of the Tuileries, chase away the ghosts of the Father-Lachaise, or to discover the improbable story of a collaboration between a barber and a pastry chef whose story inspired the legend london of Sweeney Todd.
“The Paris who is afraid”, Minus Ed., 7,90 €.
the museums of The thrill
The museum Fragonard. Skinned, deformed joints, skeletons… to see in one of the oldest museums of France (1766). From the chicken to the horse, all the organs are exposed among the 4 200 parts, well presented in large glass showcases. The museum was founded to present to the students of the royal School of veterinary of Paris the anatomy of domestic animals and their pathology. To see the treasures from the collection of Honoré Fragonard (1722-1799), professor and director of the school.
Musée Fragonard, ecole nationale vétérinaire d Alfort, 7, avenue du General-de-Gaulle. Maisons-Alfort (94). Tel.: 01 43 96 71 72.
The museum of casts. To know everything about skin diseases, to discover 4 807 pieces of wax dermatological, the largest collection in the world. Through these painful faces so close to reality, we discover a testimony of over 200 years of medical education. Sensitive souls refrain!
Museum of the mouldings, hôpital Saint-Louis. 1, avenue Claude-Vellefaux (Xe). Tel.: 01 42 49 99 15. Visits by appointment only, no one under 12 years of age.
The house of Nicolas Flamel
The facade of the building, which once belonged to the famous alchemist there are several references to this art of occult. The musician angels, the wise man with a book recalling the motto of the alchemists “Meditates and works”, the boat containing the secrets of the transmutation of metals and the serpent, allegory of the mastery of fire, now do you escape.
House of Nicolas Flamel, 51, rue de Montmorency (IIIe).
The cemetery of the Père-Lachaise
If it is of the rites out of the ordinary, the one related to the tomb of Victor Noir (division 92) is an obvious example. A tradition necro-erotic is to rub the crotch of his bronze statue to promote fertility or increase the chances of having a lover performance in the year. Don’t miss the grave of Allan Kardec, a theorist of spiritualism modern. And if you want to be an expert, you can follow the two paths of the historian Jacques Sirgent, who tells you the legends and rituals esoteric of the cemetery.
Père-Lachaise Cemetery, 16 rue du Repos (Xx).
The tour Saint-Jacques
Built in the Sixteenth century, it is one of the only remains of the church of Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie was destroyed in the Nineteenth. And if it deserves its place among the places in paris that have a link with the occult, it is still thanks to the famous alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who, throughout his life, financed the work of the church, where he was even buried.
Square of the Tour Saint-Jacques (Ier). Visit on reservation: 01 83 96 15 05 and, from the month of June, on .
The alchemist of Notre-dame.
Who would have thought that the cathedral of the capital of the glorified art occult alchemy? Yet it is the case with the set of sculptures of women’s teeming with symbols of the ancient science of Hermes on the west portal and the statue of the alchemist, among the gargoyles, between the two towers, which seems to observe the nave.
Notre-Dame de Paris, 6, parvis Notre-Dame, place Jean-Paul-II (Iv).