What Are The Most Haunted Places Around The World?
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Interested in the Paranormal? Have had some experiences yourself? Are you traveling and would love to know some of the most haunted places in the world? If you are like me and just can't seem to get enough of this topic, then read on. The Paranormal has been something I have always been interested in since I was little girl where I had some experiences myself. It may scare you or fascinate you, but either way this is a topic very much talked about.
I watch a lot of the shows they have on television these days (i.e. Ghost Adventures,Ghost Hunters,Paranormal State) each which have their own ways and methods towards approaching the Paranormal. But one thing they all have in common is that they have mostly visited and studied some of the same places because they are fascinating and well...very much haunted. So here I have compiled a list of some of the most haunted places in the world in no particular order. Enjoy!
The Screaming Tunnel
This haunting tunnel is located near Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. Constructed sometime in the 1900s and made completley out of limestone, it was used as a drainage tunnel for nearby farms contradictory as a railroad tunnel that most people think. Legend has it that a little girl was in a nearby farmhouse when it caught fire and in an attempt to escape, she herself caught fire and ran all they way down into the tunnel and tried to extinguish herself but evidently died as a result. Of course there is many variations of this tale and I do not think anyone knows the true story. But it is said that anyone who lights a match within the walls of the tunnel will hear the screams of the girl who was on fire and the match will go out. The tunnel was also used as part of the set for "The Dead Zone" based off of Stephen King's novel.
Most commonly called Dracula's Castle, this enormous estate is located near Bran and Brasov in Romania and is a national monument and landmark. It is situated on the border of Transylvania. This infamous castle is among several locations linked to the Dracula legend. It is now a museum that is open to tourists, displaying items and furniture collected by Queen Maria. The castle sits on top of a rocky peak in the Carpathian Mountains. In the late 1200's and early 1300's, the fortress had been overtaken by Saxons and used against invading Turks. In 1921 it was renovated into royalty for Queen Maria. The name Dracula's Castle came from the leader Vlad who viciously impaled thousands of people and led them to agonizing deaths. Although the castle has no evidence of Vlad the Impaler residing in Dracula's Castle, the place in still highly viewed as being extremely haunted and if you are not convinced, the owners encourage you to find out for yourself!
The Catacombs in Paris, France, are an underground ossuary, meaning a place for the bones of the dead. They hold the remains of about 6 million people. They became open to the public since the late 18th century. The Catacombs were created for the less wealthy in the early 12th century due to overcrowding in Paris cemeteries. Imagine 300 kilometers of underground tunnels and caves filled with floor to ceiling skeletons! It is reported that you see shadows and hear ghostly voices in the tunnels as well as being touched by "unseen hands". Others have claimed to have been strangled, unwelcome feelings of being followed, cold spots, and some have even had hysterical breakdowns!
The Ancient Ram Inn
One of the most haunted places in England, The Ancient Ram Inn located in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire is known for its abundance of activity and many sightings of apparitions. Built in 1145 and a former Priest's residence, the Inn was built on Pagan burial grounds where many rituals and acts of black magic had taken place. The Inn itself intersects on two Ley Lines which is said to contain high spiritual energy. There are many stories and legends, including a witch burned at the stake and demonic forces. The now owner, John Humphries, who has owned it since the 1960s has found evidence of ritual sacrifice and devil worship. Even spookier then that? He even found skeletal remains of children under the staircase.
Despite it's breathtaking surroundings in a beautiful city, Poveglia Island is known as one of the most darkest places on earth. It is a small island between Venice and Lido in Italy. The island has a long history dating back to 421 AD, but is most commonly known for being used as a quarantine when the Black Death spread through Europe in Roman times. It separated the plague victims from the healthy. As a result, over 160,000 people died because of this and legend says that the islands soil is made up of 50% of the ashes of all the victims. Later, a mental asylum was also built on the island and another legend recalls a doctor who tortured and then butchered many patients before climbing up the bell tower where he jumped, surviving the fall only to be strangled by a "ghostly mist". This island is completely off limits to locals and tourists. Fisherman fear of going near the island because they think they will be cursed. Although this is all just according to legend and there are many skeptics, but then I wonder why recently Italian construction crews attempted to reconstruct Poveglia only to abruptly stop without leaving any explanation as to why. Hmm, must have been that curse!
Birds do not even fly in this camp and if they do, they do not sing.— Unknown
I think most of you are familiar of what this deeply saddening place is, but for those who are not, it is Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Also known as: Nazi Camp, Death Camp, Extermination Camp. There were three Auschwitz camps altogether. The picture above is of Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The camps are located about 37 miles west of Krakow, Germany, near the prewar Polish-German border. During WWII, Germany invaded and conquered Poland and established the three camps. They were used to incarcerate, force labor, and ultimately kill the Polish and Jewish population. Equipped with crematoriums and gas chambers, it was determined that these deaths would be essential to the Nazi Germany population.
The Holocaust became a major part of history. "Whenever there is confusion on top of sadness on top of hate on top of pain, you will find activity", and yet paranormal investigators respectfully decline the tantalizing opportunity to investigate these haunting camps. For those who have, there is reported feelings of cold, dread, and sadness. Some claim to have felt hands hold theirs as they walk through the gates of what was once a place for children or in the gas chambers. Some burst into tears they cannot contain hours after leaving, while some claim that birds do not even fly in these camps and if they do, they do not sing.
Poised high atop the volcanic Castle Rock, stands the domineering Edinburgh Castle, reputed to be the most haunted place in Scotland. Dated back as far as 9th century BC, it has had much history though mostly noted as a royal castle from the 12th century to the 16th. From there, it was a military base and has become a historic monument. The fortress is Scotland's most visited paid tourist attraction. Various claims include visitors recalling a phantom piper, headless drummer, spirits of the French prisoners from the Seven Years War, and even a ghostly dog! The 900 year old cellar includes a dungeon which could evidently be the place for the unrest spirits. Who would like to get locked down in there?
This deteriorating house in Essex was considered to be "the most haunted house in England". The Victorian era mansion was located near the East coast of England, near the Suffolk border. It was constructed in 1863, and destroyed by a fire in 1939. Local legend says that it was a monastery in the 13th century, and a monk and a young beautiful nun were having an affair. After they were discovered, the monk was executed and the nun was bricked up alive within the convent's wall. What's fascinating about this house is that the said paranormal activity and experiences date back to the 1800's! They hear unexplained footsteps, see a phantom coach driven by two headless horsemen, and the sound of servants bells. But the most popular sighting that the Borley Rectory is known for, is the apparition of the nun who is commonly seen. She is seen most often in the garden with her head down in sorrow and was the subject of one of the most famous and thrilling photos ever taken. See if you can spot her in the photo down below!
Go where we may, rest where we will, Eternal London haunts us still...— Thomas Moore
Tower of London
This historic castle sits on north bank of the River Thames in central London, England. The castle has played an important role in England's history. It was a royal residence early in it's history but then it was used as a prison since at least 1100. But this history rich castle has a famous ghost. In 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was beheaded for treason against King Henry VIII. She allegedly haunts the chapel of St. Peter and Vincula, where she is buried. Many have seen her walking around the white tower of the castle carrying her head under her arm. Many of the night staff of the castle claim they hear and see things they wish not to discuss. Other reported ghosts seen there are Henry VI, Lady Jane Gray, Margaret Pole, and the Princes in the Tower. What a royal haunting!
These are just some of the many famous haunted places from around the world. It would be my dream to travel to some of these places and experience the phenomena! Also, stay tuned for my next article which will be dedicated to the most haunting places in America! Hope you enjoyed and remember.......
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