There are many places around us that are full of mystery and the places on this planet are stranger than the most alien landscapes we have ever imagined. Places that make your skin crawl. This places will make your adrenaline rush. Places that induce heavy breathing and paranoia, before anything has even happened. We walk the dark, dusty steps of old castles and houses.
We roam the halls of asylums and tunnels, hoping to glimpse something otherworldly. But sometimes, we wish we wouldn’t. Sometimes, our curiosity gets the better of us in the beginning, and is then squashed by a feeling that no human ever wants to be familiar with: absolute terror. Are you looking to challenge your daredevilry? Here’s presenting a selection of some of the world’s creepiest, most sinister, mysterious and scariest places that are definitely not meant for the faint hearted.
1. Island of Dolls (Mexico City, Mexico)
The beautiful man-made canals of Xochimico (Chinampas), near Mexico City were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Isla de la Muñecas, or Island of the Dolls is a small island located in a canal south of Mexico City. The island is named for its doll population that is a collection of intact toy dolls, doll heads and other disembodied doll parts that are strung from the island\’s trees and perched on overhead branches. The dolls were put there by a local man who reported finding a young girl\’s body washed up on the shore of the island about 50 years ago, according to Atlas Obscura.
According to local legend, the Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls) was created by its caretaker. He discovered the body of a young girl who had drowned, and hung her washed-up doll on a tree to pay his respects.
2. The Smoking Ghost Town Of Centralia (USA)
There is a small town in America that looks like it has been hit by the apocalypse and many have described the place as hell on earth. There are several memorable sights to be enjoyed in town, including destroyed structures, broken down pavements and a fascinating graffiti filled strip of Route 61. This town, once a home to several hotels, banks, theaters, and even it’s own school district, is now one of the least populated municipalities in the whole state. But that has a lot to do with a fire that has been raging for over fifty years... a blaze that roars underneath the town.
There are cracking tar roads with smoke billowing out of them, graffiti on abandoned, derelict buildings and signs to warn people the ground could swallow you at any minute, due to a fire burning underground.
3. The Church OF All Saints (Sedlec, Czech Republic)
The Church was built between 1620 and 1630, it is of late Baroque style, so-called the Carmelite Baroque. Two wooden poly-chromatic statues of St Elijah and St Elizej, the first Carmelite hermits and initiators of the Carmelite friary, stood on the pediment of the Church.
It has bone looking ornaments that has 40,000 bones for creating eerie looking church ornaments. In mid 14th century, the region’s famed Abbot of the monastery made a trip to the Holy Land and returned with soil from Golgotha. The soil was thrown all over the Abbey grounds. Soon everyone in the nation wanted have their burial in Sedlec. The earlier “occupants” of the famous cemetery had to be slowly exhumed to make way for new burials. Finally, a local woodcarver suggested using 40,000 bones for creating eerie looking church ornaments.
4. The Capuchin Catacombs (Palermo, Italy)
The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo are burial catacombs in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. The Capuchin crypt is probably one of the most and unusual burial places one can visit. It’s open for tourists and full of skeletons – remains of more than eight thousand people. Among the mummified bodies of the local elite and prominent citizens: the clergy, the aristocracy and the representatives of various professions are children and women.
Catacombe dei Cappuccini is one of the most famous exhibits of mummies. Mummified bodies of the dead line the walls providing somewhat a grim tourist attraction.Today they provide a somewhat macabre tourist attraction as well as an extraordinary historical record. The bodies were dehydrated on the racks of ceramic pipes in the catacombs and sometimes later washed with vinegar. Some of the bodies were embalmed and others enclosed in sealed glass cabinets. Monks were preserved with their everyday clothing and sometimes with ropes they had worn as a penance.
5.Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz- Heilstatten (Germany)
The Beelitz hospital is not far away from Berlin. And Beelitz, the little town you might hear of every now and then during springtime, is famous for its asparagus. It is so eerie and haunting looking, you’ll probably be living your worst nightmare. Over a period of time, the hospital served as a tuberculosis sanatorium and an army hospital, whose patients were none other than Adolf Hitler and other prominent leaders of the time.
The former Beelitz Heilstätten was built in the beginning of the 20th century, back when tuberculosis was a widespread and merciless disease. While most abandoned buildings looks like they are haunted, they are really just the derelict remains of mansion that a family struggled to sell or the shell of an old warehouse. But the history behind Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital is actually as creepy as it looks.
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