Thu, Oct 31, 2019 5:05

Haunted places around the world


From famous haunted houses to ghost sightings in old jails, these places will make you shiver. Whether you believe in this stuff or not, we don’t suggest you visit any of these scary places alone…

From famous haunted houses to ghost sightings in old jails, these places will make you shiver. Whether you believe in this stuff or not, we don’t suggest you visit any of these scary places alone…

1. Island of the Dolls – Mexico City, Mexico

Soulless eyes follow visitors to this creepy island. Hundreds of hanging, drowning and decapitated dolls are all over the island in a tribute to the lost soul of a girl who met her fate too soon in strange circumstances. A local man, Julian, apparently tried to save the girl but failed, so he dedicated his life to honouring her ghost by bringing spirits on the island dolls as gifts.

After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot where the girl did.

2. Valley of the Kings – Giza, Egypt

The Valley of Kings is the ancient burial site of many of Egypt’s New Kingdom rulers. There’s 63 tombs here, including that of the legendary King Tutankhamen. Many people believe that the untimely deaths of several of Tut’s discoverers comes from ‘The Mummy’s Curse’. It’s no surprise that the place has rumours of haunting and paranormal activity with locals saying they hear footsteps, screams and shuffling.

3. Catacombs of Paris, France

After a prolonged bout of heavy rains flooded and unearthed the overcrowded Les Innocents cemetery in the spring of 1780, a wave of rotting corpses tumbled onto the property next door. According to Smithsonian Mag, this horrifying event started a 12-year project to move bodies from Paris's cemeteries down into the city's former limestone quarries, eventually packing the underground tunnels with some 6 million bodies. Today, about a mile of the subterranean labyrinth is open to visitors, who can take tours of the tunnels and artfully arranged displays of bones.

4.  Aokigahara Forest – Japan

This scenic forest at the foot of Mount Fuji has a spooky history and is one of the most haunted places in the world. It has a nickname of ‘Suicide Forest’ due to fact that Aokigahara has been the site of more than 500 suicides since the 1950s, reports the BBC. . Locals claim to hear spirits scream through the night.

At the entrance of the forest, a sign reminds visitors that “life is a precious gift”. “Quietly think once more about your parents, siblings or children,” the sign says in Japanese. “Please don’t suffer alone, and first reach out.”

5. The Amityville House – Long Island, New York

What’s the most haunted house in America? It’s up for debate. Now, what’s the most well-known haunted house in America? The Amityville House in Long Island, which is famous thanks to the movie of the same name. In the 70s, a ghost reportedly convinced a man to shoot six of his family members. The same demonic spirit came back when the next family moved in.

6. Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy

The picturesque city of Venice is a world famous travel destination. But, Poveglia, a small abandoned island between Venice and Lido, gives travellers frightful chills. The place was used as a quarantine station for people suffering from bubonic plague in the 20th century, and later, as a mental asylum in the 1920s. Poveglia has been featured in several paranormal shows. The island is not technically open to the public, but there are some tour operators that will take you around.

7. Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania

From the moment a military technician captured a photograph of a "UFO" hovering over the forest in 1968, Hoia-Baciu has gained paranormal notoriety around the world, with some believing it to be a portal that causes visitors to disappear. Those who have passed through the forest without being zapped into another realm have reported rashes, nausea, and feelings of anxiety, according to The Independent. Known as the "Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania," the spooky curved trees that populate the forest just add to the eerie atmosphere.

8. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

One of the biggest attractions in Scotland’s capital city is also considered to be one of its most haunted. With sections dating back more than 900 years, the historic fortress’s ancient dungeons have led visitors to the castle to report sightings of colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War, French prisoners from the Seven Years War—and even the ghost of a dog wandering the castle's dog cemetery.

9. Leap Castle, Coolderry, Ireland

Built sometime between the 13th and late 15th century, this Irish castle has seen more gruesome deaths than a Game of Thrones wedding. As legend has it, during a struggle for power within the O'Carroll clan (which had a fondness for poisoning dinner guests), one member plunged a sword into his brother—a priest—as he was holding mass in the castle's chapel. The room is now called "The Bloody Chapel," and the priest is said to haunt the church at night. The horror doesn't end there—at least not according to the macabre history outlined on Leap Castle's website. During renovations in the early 1900s, workmen found a secret dungeon in the Bloody Chapel with so many human skeletons, they filled three cartloads when hauled away. The dungeon was designed so that prisoners would fall through a trap door, have their lungs punctured by wooden spikes on the ground, and die a slow, horrific death within earshot of the sinister clan members above.