Le Manoir de Paris

Lizz Casey re­lived some of the hor­ror sto­ries from Paris’ dark past when she en­tered the maze within Le Manoir de Paris…

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Lizz Casey re­lived Paris’ dark past when she en­tered the maze within Le Manoir.

OnSun­day 16th May, 1937 at 6.30pm, Laeti­tia Toureaux got on the Métro at Porte de Char­en­ton. One minute later, the train reached the next sta­tion and six more peo­ple got into Laeti­tia’s car­riage. The young woman was the only per­son in the empty com­part­ment. She sat with her face hid­den un­der her hat, as if she were asleep. But she wasn’t asleep. She was dead.

The mur­der of Laeti­tia Toureaux re­mains un­solved to this day. Paris has a long history of creepy sto­ries, and this is just one of the many you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence if you ven­ture be­yond the gothic façade of Le Manoir de Paris.

One of the first per­ma­nent hor­ror houses in France, Le Manoir opened in 2011 in an old, clas­si­fied build­ing in the 10th ar­rondisse­ment. Once in­side, visi­tors en­ter a com­pli­cated maze peo­pled by char­ac­ters from Parisian ghost tales, as well as a few in­ter­na­tional le­gends. About 40 ac­tors re-en­act vam­pire le­gends, Métro hor­ror sto­ries (like the mur­der of Laeti­tia Toureaux), The Phan­tom of the Opera, the story of the ghost of the Tui­leries gar­dens … and even the story of a crocodile, which was dis­cov­ered in the Parisian sew­ers in 1984 and now be­longs to the Vannes Zoo (where they named her “Eléonore”).

Paris has a long history of creepy sto­ries, [which] you’ll

ex­pe­ri­ence if you ven­ture be­yond the

gothic façade of Le Manoir de Paris.

I’ve wanted to visit Le Manoir de Paris for a while, as I’ve al­ways en­joyed a good scare, so I de­cided to go along to one of their spe­cial “Dark Night” events.

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