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Haunted Pompeii, Italy
The Tragedy at Pompeii
Pompeii was once a beautiful and thriving city in the Roman Empire circa 50 AD. Located at the base of Mount Vesuvius, close to the modern city of Naples, Italy, Pompeii housed large amounts of people and began to be one of the most wealthy cities in Rome during the Pax Romana. But something unfortunate turned all of the growth and development into ash and ruin...
The people of Pompeii never realized or dreamed in their wildest dreams that Mount Vesuvius was a volcano...and an active one at that. First came a terrible earthquake, killing many and running almost two thirds of the population of Pompeii out of the city's walls. Then, less than 3 days later, Mount Vesuvius erupted...covering the city of Pompeii in ash and tephra in an amount of six hours.
Unfortunately, if the victims of this terrible tragedy weren't killed by ash and soot, they were killed by the extreme heat that the volcano spewed forth. Many people took shelter below homes, in cellars below the buildings in Pompeii, but were killed by the heat despite their effort to stay alive.
Ghosts in a Buried City
Most of us learned about Mount Vesuvius and the tragedy at Pompeii when we were in grade school. But did you ever stop to think that in the same location where Pompeii used to stand, there could be unsettling amounts of ghosts?
Hauntings are said to occur at places where a soul has been bound to the earth, either due to "unfinished business" or because they do not realize that their soul should move on to another plane of existence. Many times ghosts stick around because they experienced a tragic death and do not realize that their body has passed away.
After the terrifying tragedy that occurred at Pompeii, one could only imagine how many trapped or lingering souls there might be at the base of Mount Vesuvius.
The well-preserved bodies lying all around the city of Pompeii seem to be reaching out to passersby. When one visits Pompeii, a sense of wonderment and beauty abounds; however, many claim that there is also a sense of impending doom at the pit of their stomachs. While the petrified bodies are like ancient works of art, one must remember they were once living human beings who lost their lives tragically and unexpectedly - two ways in which death leads to trapped souls.
Pompeii during the day is one thing...Pompeii at night is a totally different animal. Many tourists will not go near the ruined city after the sun starts to fall because people claim to hear blood-curdling screams at dusk and into the night. Another common creepy experience is the ever-present scent of sulfur that fills one's nose. The people who give tours at the city of Pompeii will tell their own personal stories of terrifying nights in Pompeii. It's as if the city still holds its original residents...it's as if many of the volcano's victims are trapped under the ash still to this day.
Tourists and local visitors both have taken photographs in which creepy things appear. Orbs are common and can be seen in the photograph above. Are these orbs evidence of lingering souls at Pompeii?
Shadows frequent the city of ruined Pompeii...many of which seem to loom and then disappear when one looks in the direction of the blackness. Are these shadows indeed what some people call "shadow people" or are they simply the trapped souls of the people who lost their lives to the volcano almost two thousand years ago? Or could these shadows be something more sinister...something more dark that revels in the energy of a city ruined in chaos and ash?
© 2012 Nicole Canfield