Located off the beaten track of Paris on a nondescript street called Rue de Paridis lays a hidden gem called Le Manoir de Paris (The Manor of Paris). We discovered it while doing a Google search for haunted places in Paris and were surprised to find that the city had its own haunted house. Other visitors seem to be discovering Le Manoir as their are over 500 reviews on Yelp.
After showing the owner (an American) our website he invited us in for a private tour. The haunt is an interactive theater like Haunted Play: Delusion and rivals any haunted house in the US. It is located in a creepy building and the sets are atmospheric and very detailed. The haunt even includes animatronics and features everything from ghosts to vampires. The actors (all French) speak in English if you’re holding a blue light and delivered their performance respectively for English not being their Native language. During Halloween they present a scarier version of the haunt while the rest of the year they have interactive scenes that portray the legends of Paris.
From the website
The Catacombs of Paris
November 3, 1793, Philibert Aspairt enters the quarries below the convent of Val de Grâce and never returns. 11 Years later is body is discovered in the tunnels under street of l’Abbé de l’Epée. His skeleton is only identifiable by the set of keys on his belt.
The Crocodile in the Paris Sewers
March 1984, city workers in the sewers under the Pont Neuf bridge discover a creature hiding in a corner only a few feet away from them. A Nile Crocodile had found it’s way into the sewers of Paris, surviving on rats and the trash of the city.
The Phantom of the Opera
Legend has it that a disfigured monster terrorizes Paris’ Opera Garnier. Mysterious events began occurring at the end of the 19th century, leading to rumors of haunting. May 20th 1986, a massive chandelier crashed during a production of Faust de Gounod, killing the occupant of seat number 13.
The Prisoner in the Iron Mask
November 19, 1703 marks the death of one of the most famed prisoners of French history, the man in the iron mask. Held at the Bastille prison for 34 years, the identity of this prisoner still remains a mystery today.
The Vampires of Paris
While the Carpathian Mountains are considered to be the source of vampire legends, Paris has often been the setting of their stories. Among the most known of these are Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles”, recounting the tale of, Lestat de Lioncourt, a noble Frenchman transformed into a vampire in the XVIII century. His famous “Theatre des Vampires” was known to be a hotbed of vampire activity in Paris.
The Paris Metro
Sunday May 16, 1937, 6:30pm. A young woman in a green dress and white hat is found stabbed on line 8 of the Paris metro. Laetitia Toureaux, the only passenger in a first class car collapses as the train pulls into the Porte Dorée station, a knife in the back of her neck… A real life “locked room” mystery, her killer was never found.
Père Lachaise cemetery was opened May 21, 1804 on the former property of Father François de La Chaise d’Aix, confessor of King Louis XIV from 1675 until his death. This cemetery is as known for being final resting place for many celebrities, as it is known for it’s mysteries. It is rumored that black masses are regularly held within the gates of the cemetery, and that certain tombs give direct access to the catacombs.
The Witch, La Voisin
Renowned poisoner and witch, La Voisin practiced her talents in the Marais neighborhood of Paris. Sulfurous odors, black mass, over 2,500 illegal abortions- all common practice for this witch known for her poisons and potions. La Voisin was often called upon by the Marquise de Montespan, but was then abandonned by Louis XIV. She met her fate burned at the stake in the Place de Grève, February 22, 1680.
The Barber’s Blade
The year 1387 saw a series of disappearances in Paris. Foreign students, never heard from again. These were the victims of a mad barber, slitting their throats and passing along the bodies to a neighboring baker.
The Bloody Baker
The eager recipient of the barber’s victims. The bodies were finely chopped and turned into pâté, then sold to unsuspecting customers in his bakery.
The Assassin’s Cabaret
A hang out of famous artists such as Picasso, Debussy and Maupassant, Le Lapin Agile is one of the oldest cabaret’s in Paris. In 1860 this Montmartre cabaret was known as a meeting place of thieves and murderers, earning it the nickname, “the Assassin’s Cabaret”.
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Quasimodo is the main character of Victor Hugo’s famed novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. This frightening, disfigured character, lived in the bell towers of the cathedral, hiding his monstrous appearance from the crowds of the city.
The Executioner & The Guillotine
Created in 1789, inaugurated in 1792, the guillotine had numerous heads rolling, particularly during the revolutionary tribunals under the Terror. This instrument of death carries the name of it’s creator, Dr. Joseph Guillotin, and earned the nickname, “the widow”. Two of the most famous victims of the guillotine’s blade are King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, in 1793.
Just when you think you’re safe from Le Manoir, on the top floor is The Asylum. The Asylum recreates a haunted Parisian insane asylum. Can you escape from the demented patients and the mad doctor?
We definitely recommend making time on your itinerary next time you’re in Paris to check out Le Manoir de Paris. We know we’ll come back next time we’re in the city.