Send shivers down your spine with these 10 places whose history and/or architecture are simply spooky. The ideal destinations for a spooky Halloween, perhaps?
1. Miranda Castle, Belgium
Built by French aristocrats fleeing the revolution, Château Miranda once served as a summer residence and then an orphanage during the Second World War. Abandoned since 1991, this castle is in an advanced state of degradation, but nevertheless attracts many tourists curious to rub shoulders with this dismal place with an equally dark past.
2. Isla de las Muñecas, Mexico
In the swampy region of Xochimilco, near Mexico City, hides “The Island of Dolls”, an island where there are large numbers of dolls with advanced decomposition. Disturbing, the dolls are sometimes hanged, sometimes blinded and almost always dirty. A most glaucous scene awaits you there!
3. Pripyat, Ukraine
Founded in 1970, this city in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic is 3 kilometers from the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It is therefore located in the 30-kilometer exclusion zone set up around the plant after the 1986 disaster. Pripyat is now a ghost town whose high ambient radioactivity prevents repopulation and offers landscapes that send shivers down your spine .
4. St. George’s Church, Czech Republic
Built in the 14th century, this church located in the city of Lukova was abandoned in 1968. At that time, the roof had collapsed on worshipers who had come to attend a funeral, killing 32 people. More than 50 years after this tragedy, a Czech artist decided to place 32 plaster statues representing figures draped on the benches left in their original state. Creepy, nothing less!
5. Tower of London, England
This historic fortress on the north bank of the River Thames in London has been the scene of several executions and scenes of horror. It is said of her that many spectral apparitions have been reported there, including that of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII beheaded for adultery, incest and high treason.
6. Cambridge Military Hospital, England
Located in Aldershot Garrison, Hampshire, this grim hospital served as a base camp for the British Army from the Boer War to the First Gulf War to World War II. The place is now very dilapidated and has a scary atmosphere.
7. Aokigahara Forest, Japan
This 35 square kilometer forest extends to the base of Mount Fuji. It is known for the high number of bodies found since the 1950s, mostly caused by suicides. Aokigahara is indeed the location of most hanging suicides taking place in Yamanashi Prefecture, hence the large number of stories of wandering spirit-haunted forests circulating about it.
8. Tuol Sleng, Cambodia
Located in the capital, Phnom Penh, Tuol Sleng or S-21 is the best known of some 190 prisons that the political police of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship spread across Cambodia during the 1970s. poisoned”, indicative of the place of imprisonment, torture and execution that she once was. Tuol Sleng has been a Khmer genocide museum since January 1980.
9. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
With 900 years of history, it would be almost surprising if Edinburgh Castle wasn’t one of the most haunted sites in Scotland. Recently restored as a tourist attraction, the site has been the scene of surprise attacks, executions, immolations, etc. It is not uncommon for visitors to report witnessing apparitions, sudden drops in temperature and the feeling that something was tugging on their clothes…
10. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
The Sedlec Ossuary is located in the Funerary Chapel of All Saints in the Cemetery of the Cistercian Monastery of Sedlec, Kutná Hora. The chapel was partially built from the bones of humans who died during the Black Death of 1348. It is estimated that forty thousand people whose remains are stored in the ossuary.