The most unusual attractions in Paris

The most popular attractions in Paris can be named even by someone who has never been to Paris before. With a city that is so famous in the whole world, it’s impossible not to get to know it to a lesser or greater degree even before you get to explore it in person. So when you finally see monuments like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, you might feel like you’re revisiting some old and beloved places rather than seeing something new. Luckily, there are other attractions in the French capital, some of which are less known simply because they are tucked away in some scenic quarter, or maybe because they are out of the ordinary. If you are curious about the city’s more extraordinary places, here are some of the most unusual attractions in Paris.

Paris Sewer Museum

Even if most of the attractions in Paris are above the ground, there’s one sight underground that you should definitely visit: the sewers. It sounds crazy, but in Paris even the sewers are worth seeing, especially if we’re talking about the medieval ones. Parts of the sewer are dating back to the 14th century, and the museum offers comprehensive information about the history of the place.

Narrowest building in the world

If you want to see the narrowest building in the world, head to Rue St Severin in the Latin Quarter. The house is 10 meters tall and little over one meter wide, and it was probably built just to fill the gap between the buildings on its left and right. Although small, the house had some famous residents, like the novelist Abbé  Prévost.

Dermatology Museum, Saint-Louis Hospital

Although the average tourist probably wouldn’t visit a dermatology museum unless she or he is a doctor, this weird museum is really educational, and has some very interesting, if creepy displays. The museum exhibits plaster casts showing various skin diseases, and some of the casts are centuries old!

Les Arènes de Lutece

It’s hard to believe that you can find intact archaeological ruins in a city like Paris, never mind an entire Roman amphitheater! Les Arènes de Lutece were once (back in the times when Paris was a Roman colony called Lutetia) a 15,000 seat amphitheater were gladiator combats took place regularly.

Le Musée Grevin

Le Musée Grevin in Montmartre might seem like the Parisian version of the Madam Tussauds was museums, but in addition to some real and fictional celebrities, the museum has a large section on the history of France, where you can see creepily realistic scenes of torture, executions disease and gruesome medical practices.

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