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Traveling is one of the most popular ways to spend a vacation, but why not spice up your holiday with a thrill of choosing one of the most creepy tourist destinations. Today, we want to present to your attention a list of the ten most terrible places on our planet.
Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
The Hill of Crosses is located 12 kilometers north of the small industrial city of Šiauliai. It is a national Lithuanian place of pilgrimage. It is a small hill completely covered with crosses that represent Christian devotion and a memorial to Lithuanian national identity. When the first crosses appeared is unknown, and despite attempts by the authorities to demolish the memorial, more and more crucifixes appear here every year. Although the hill itself may not really scare you, however, the mysterious appearance of new crosses causes a chill to run through your back.
St. Louis Cemetery, USA
The cemetery in St. Louis is one of the oldest and most famous burial sites in the United States. It brings together 3 Roman Catholic cemeteries in New Orleans, Louisiana.Most of the graves are dated XIIX and XIX century. Interestingly, they are all on the surface, as local groundwater prevents burying the dead in the ground. This area is quite criminal, so it will be safer to visit it as part of tourist groups. There is a belief that the voodoo priestess Mari Laveau is buried here in the family crypt. Also resting here are chess player Paul Morphy and architect Barthelemy Lafon.
Dead End Mary King, UK
For years, the underground Mary King, in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Scotland, has been surrounded by myths and secrets. The stories of the killings, the ghosts and the victims of the plague left here to die are part of her story. In 1645, the plague struck this small community and there is a legend that patients were bricked up alive in their homes, laying bricks outlets. That is why this area is also called the "street of sorrow." The most famous ghost of the Dead End Mary King, is a little girl Annie. There is even a whole room where tourists leave presents for her.
Lip Castle Dungeon, Ireland
Lip Castle is an Irish castle in County Offaly, approximately four miles north of the city of Roscrea.It was built in 1250, and in 1659 it passed into the possession of the Derby family. The castle became famous for several ghosts, the most terrifying of which is a small stooped creature, whose appearance is said to be accompanied by the stench of a rotting and decaying corpse, interspersed with the smell of sulfur. A secret dungeon was discovered not far from the castle, where people are usually locked up and forgotten about their existence. Modern workers took three cars to remove all the human bones found there.
Castle Mashkul, France
Mashkul Castle was the home of Gilles de Rais (1404-1440) - the Breton knight, brother in arms of Joan of Arc and Marshal of France, famous for his sophisticated murder. After graduating from military service, he indulged in occult practices, and simply adored to kill and torture children. It is said that their remains can still be found in the walls and chimney of the castle.
Poenari Castle, Romania
If you hear about Bran Castle in Romania, how about the place where the bloody Count Dracula lived, do not let yourself be fooled! Bran is a popular tourist destination, but there is no evidence that Vlad III Tepes once lived here. Poenari was built in the XIII century. It was the main fortress of the Basarab dynasty.Over the next decades, he changed his owners several times, but was eventually abandoned and left in ruins. However, in the XV century with the arrival of Vlad Tepes, its structure was restored and redone, it became one of the most important fortresses. It is said that it is in this castle that the largest number of ghosts in the world inhabit.
Catacombs of the Capuchins, Italy
The Capuchin catacombs are located in Palermo, Sicily, in the southern region of Italy. Today, these buildings are a terrible sight, where the remains of more than eight thousand people lie in open form. In 1599, the first in the monastery was mummified and placed in the catacombs, the monk Silvestro Gubbio. The bodies of the dead were dehydrated and washed with vinegar, after which they were embalmed and placed in glass cabinets. The monks were buried in their everyday clothes. Originally, the catacombs were intended only for monks. However, later this burial place became prestigious and many influential people wanted to be buried here. The catacombs were officially closed in 1880, but tourists still continue to visit this place.The last funeral was held in 1920, Rosalia Lombardo was buried and mummified according to all the rules and techniques left by the monks.
Povela is a small island in Venice, which was the last home for people with plague during the three main outbreaks in the Middle Ages. If it seems to you that it cannot be worse, in addition to everything, in 1922 a psychiatric hospital was opened here. One of the doctors working in the hospital was attacked by insane patients who dropped him from the top of the hospital tower. Over the entire history of the island, more than 160,000 people died on it. It is said that its part consists of the remains of the dead, so the fishermen never choose this place for fishing in fear of catching human body parts. If you dream of visiting this place, you will have to make friends with local winemakers, since Povela is officially closed to the public.
Aokigahara, also known as the "Sea of Trees", is a forest at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan. Locals claim that a huge number of supernatural phenomena occur in these forests.Unofficially, an annual “body hunt” is held here, when local volunteers sweep wood in search of human remains. After all, Aokigahara is the second most popular place among suicides, after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Since the 50s, more than 500 people have died here, about 30 people a year. The high suicide rate, even forced officials to install signs in the forest, the inscriptions on which, supposedly, should dissuade people from reducing their lives.
European Crypts, Europe
The ossuary is a crypt built to become the burial place of human bone remains. Such storages are built where there is not enough space for the usual burial. Such crypts can be found throughout Europe, and fortunately, for thrill-seekers, are open to the public. Perhaps the most famous are the catacombs of Paris, which represent an extensive network of tunnels under the city. The photo above shows the bones in the Church of Santa Maria della Conception in Rome. Here lie the bodies of more than 4,000 monks. This is just one of many creepy crypts that you can visit in Europe.