There are locations on our Mother Earth that are a hundred times stranger and creepier than the alien landscapes George Lucas could have ever portrayed in his movies. Scary places that make your skin cover with goosebumps. Spooky places that evoke heavy breathing and paranoia already before anything happens.
We walk alone through the dark, climb up the dusty stairs of old castles and houses. We wander through the halls of long forsaken asylums and tunnels, hoping to catch something otherworldly on a camera. But sometimes, we wish we wouldn’t. Sometimes our curiosity gets too far and then is chased by a feeling that no one ever wants to be familiar with – pure terror.
We hear moans in the empty chambers, footsteps getting louder as approaching behind our back. We see shadows floating around and a mist taking the shape of something eerie as the devil himself. We breathe in and out, we say a prayer and tread lightly. Soon we’ll be screaming, cursing and sprinting away like a bat out of hell. Some disturbances are mysterious, others hellish and terrifying. Why do we keep on investigating places such as these? An obvious curiosity firstly gets us that far and then we need a driving force lying much deeper into our consciousness to proceed onward. Would you dare to spend at least a few minutes in these places on your own? If yes, get your nerves prepared for a top 10 spooky places that give shiver to even the toughest guys.
#1 Gettysburg Battlefield
Gettysburg Battlefield is believed to be a spot of the American Civil War’s battle. Many thousands were killed here. According to the records, more than fifty thousand soldiers lost their lives on this battlefield. Devil’s Den is situated in close vicinity to this battlefield where the corpses of those soldiers were buried. It is said that their souls still come to this battlefield and cry at what happened to their owners. This area has been restricted for attendance by the local authorities because of the numerous encounters with ghosts.
#2 Catacombs of Paris
The Catacombs of Paris is a huge underground cemetery that keeps the remains of approx. six million people since the late 18th century! A visit to the Catacombs is now considered a popular, but a very creepy tourist attraction. Just make sure you don’t watch “As Above, so Below” movie before going into the tunnels!
#3 Pripyat, Ukraine
A №1 in the list of scary abandoned places in the whole country. An abandoned town near Ukraine – Belarus border. Pripyat was founded in 1970 in order to accommodate the staff of the nuclear power plant. It had grown to a population of nearly 49,000 before being evacuated a few days after the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Because of the radiation, the city can’t be repopulated and stays abandoned today. The panorama of this ghost town, so desolated and lifeless won’t leave you relaxed. The time flow has seemingly stopped there.
#4 Shades Of Death Road, New Jersey, United States
This 7 miles long road in New Jersey has many legends surrounding the origin of its name – all leading to the unsolved murders that took place around the area. There are also some paranormal activities that are said to happen near it. Just like the Suicide Forest, the name of it is way enough to scare most people.
#5 Trans-Allegheny Asylum
Previously known as the Weston State Hospital, this place was a home to thousands of people with mental illnesses, since 1864. Hundreds of people died here before the facility was closed in 1994. The spirits haunting the site today date back to the Civil War period, when the asylum’s grounds served as an outpost of the military. The tours to the facility feature 2-hour visits around the asylum’s 4 main “hot” spots. For those willing to tickle their nerves an 8-hour overnight ghost hunt led by the experienced guides is available.
#6 Hashima Island, Japan
Hashima Island aka the Battleship Island, a scary place featured in the “Skyfall” movie. As well as a mine, it played a role of a brutal prisoner-of-war camp. It was abandoned in the blink of an eye in 1974, almost repeating “Marie Celeste’s” fate. It’s also believed to be haunted. You can take a guided boat trip from Nagasaki – don’t worry, it’s a return trip! If you don’t want to visit in person you can also have a video tour through the special program (the music’s pretty creepy though).
#7 Poveglia Island, Italy
An island that hosted an asylum, a quarantine station and used to be a mass burial ground for plague victims doesn’t sound the most attractive. It was called a real life “Shutter Island”. However it is on the Venetian lagoon, so at least you’ll have a lovely Venice next door.
#8 Aokigahara Woods, Japan
Nested at the base of Mount Fuji it is one of the world’s most terrifying places. Also known as the Suicide Forest, Aokigahara is a 14-square-mile (35 square kilometers) swath of trees where hundreds of people have committed suicide over the past several decades. In 2010, 247 people attempted suicide within the forest’s boundaries, and 54 of those people succeeded in their attempt. The report also states that the number of attempted and successful suicides in the woods continues to rise up yearly.
#9 Kola Superdeep Borehole, Russia
The world’s deepest well (12.262 m), drilled in order to research the underlying terrestrial layers. Eventually the project was closed and the hole sealed up. According to the well-known urban legend, the scientists used to lower the heatproof microphones and sensors down the well when the human-like screams and moans were heard through the headphones. Locals often call it “the Well to the Hell”.
#10 Capuchin Catacombs, Italy
The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Sicily, are truly freaky. The catacombs retain about 8,000 skeletons and more than 1,000 mummified bodies. But what’s weird about these corpses is that most of them are wearing clothes and some flocked in little groups. One of the best-known mummies of Capuchin is a 2-year-old Rosalia Lombardo, an Italian child who died of pneumonia in 1920. Her corpse is so well preserved with embalming fluids that she appears to be sleeping for more than 100 years.
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