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8 Creepiest Places in South-East Europe
Omarska Concentration Camp
Legends, vampires and war crimes
1) Kisiljevo village in Serbia
In 1975, a man called Petar Plogojowitz died of a mysterious illness. Three days after his death he was seen wandering around the village, asking for food. After several people were murdered, villagers started to believe that Petar returned as a vampire. His body was exhumed, heart staked, and his body burned. This was one of the first reports of vampirism in Eastern Europe.
2) Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town)
In the south of Serbia, 27 km south-east of Kursumlija, there lies the first-class natural landmark – Djavolja Varos also known as Devil’s Town. There are two notable natural phenomena with a harsh, almost mystical atmosphere although picturesque in nature: 202 stone formations created by erosion, between two and fifteen meters in height and the middle diameter of under 1 m, topped by stone blocks weighing as much as 100 kg though they appear as unreal but lasted for centuries, and two concentrated springs of acid water of about 1.5pH with high mineral content.
According to the legend, the area was inhabited by humble and religious people, which annoyed the Devil, so the devil made “Devil’s water” so people who drink would forget their lineage. The villagers drank the water and arranged a marriage between a brother and a sister. The protector of the village – a fairy, prayed to God to stop the wedding. God answered her prayer and turned wedding guests into stone.
.3) Daksa Island in Croatia
Though this island was beautiful, attractive and up for sale and despite its historic Franciscan monastery, idyllic lighthouse, and verdant woodland, the island cannot overshadow the memory of people who were executed there in a post-World War II furor and nobody is ready to put a bid despite at a cheap price due to event that happened in this island.
After the occurrence of this Daksa Massacre in 1944, the anti-Nazi frenzy turned into more of an angry mob that took the lives of people without trial. On October 18th of that same year, Yugoslav partisans entered Croatian city of Dubrovnik, he arrested around 53 of the citizens on suspicion of being Nazi’s sympathizers. The people arrested were taken to the small island of Daksa just off the shore without investigation of either they are guilty or innocent and shot them down. Their bodies were left to rot on this island at the exact spot where they fell after been shot.
Some of the bodies seen were buried in 2010. After these bodies were buried, many in Dubrovnik still claim that the island is haunted by the unstill spirits of the massacre victims.
4) Vodnjan Mummies
A church in the Istrian town of Vodnjan has 370 relics within its walls which belong to 250 saints. This relics include: a fragment of the Holy Virgin’s veil, a particle of Jesus’ cross, thorns from Jesus’ crown and of course, Vodjan’s mummies–remains and body parts of saints that have been preserved. The preserved remains come from St. Sebastian, St. Barbara, St. Mary of Egypt, St. Leon Bembo, St. Giovanni Olini and St. Nicolosa Bursa and according to legend, their bodies are said to have magical powers.
The church is also the home to the Collection of Sacral Art, the largest in Croatia. It contains over 730 exhibits dating back to the year 400 until the 19th century.
5) Jasenovac Concentration Camp
This camp was established by the ustasa authority in Croatia between 1941 to 1945 when they were in power. These camps were used to isolate, torture and murder the Jews, Serbs, Roma and other non-Catholic minorities, as well as Croatian political and religious opponents of the regime. Thousands of people were killed at Jasenovac between the period of its establishment and evacuation and among the victims were: between 45,000 and 52,000 Serb residents of the so-called Independent State of Croatia; between 12,000 and 20,000 Jews; between 15,000 and 20,000 Roma (Gypsies); and between 5,000 and 12,000 ethnic Croats and Muslims, who were political and religious opponents of the regime.
The Croat authorities murdered between 320,000 and 340,000 ethnic Serb residents of Croatia and Bosnia during the period of Ustaša rule; more than 30,000 Croatian Jews were killed either in Croatia or at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
6) The Skull Tower
This skull tower is located in Niš, in southern Serbia and it stood as a cautionary tale to remind the Serbian people of what happens to those who resist the Ottoman Empire.The Skull Tower was built by a conquering Turkish army in the nineteenth century using the skulls of Serb rebels.
In its original form, 952 skulls were used and the tower stood 15 feet high and 13 feet wide. The skull of Stevan Sinđelić, the rebel commander, was placed at the top. This creepy edifice failed at its purpose. The Serbs rebelled once again in 1815, this time successfully, and won independence in 1830. Families of deceased rebels chiseled away some of the skulls to give them proper funerals. Today 58 skulls in remain in the tower.
7) Military Bunker in Belgrade, Serbia
The mysterious shooting of two soldiers has revealed the existence beneath the Serbian capital of a secret communist-era network of tunnels and bunkers in Belgrade that has been used as a hidden layout for some of the world’s most war crimes suspects. The three kilometer complex-dubbed a “concrete underground city” by the local media, was built deep inside a rocky hill in a resident’s area of Belgrade in the 1960s on the orders of communist strongman Josip Broz Tito. This secret hidden root was finally discovered during an investigation of two soldiers who were shot and found dead at the entrance of the complex.
8) Omarska Concentration Camp
This was another concentration camp near Prijedor. One of seven municipalities where genocide had taken place between 1951-1995 during Bosnian wars, according to the International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague. Thousands of Bosniak civilians were detained, tortured, raped, and or killed or went missing, and many were later found in dozens of mass graves scattered around Prijedor.