22. Napoleon Turned It Into a Tourist Spot
While the Parisian royalty were the people who were responsible for the creation of the catacombs, there is someone else who we should thank for making these tunnels a hot destination for tourists from around the world!
According to Napoleon, the true mark of a ruler was in the monuments he leaves behind. This made him want to construct as many memorable monuments for history and people to remember him by. And he looked at catacombs as one such monument.
After observing how the city of Rome was attracting visitors for their network of catacombs, he directed senior leaders from his army to oversee the beautification of the catacombs into a tourist-friendly destination.
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