Fire pits , market voodoo , uninhabited villages and haunted castles….Even to frighten??
10 places in the world with strange and creepy stories which have been cleverly leveraged and millions of tourists from all corners of the earth visit them.
#1 ISLAND OF THE DOLLS, MEXICO
Once upon a time, the legend says, a little girl was drowned in a canal which surrounds an uninhabited island in Mexico. Days after, her body was found and dolls started floating in the island.
The island’s only habitant hang the doll on a tree in her memory and continued to do so on thousands of trees until 2001, when he was drowned, as well, in the same canal.
#2 THE DOOR TO HELL, TURKMENISTAN
Hell exists, and we can find the door which leads to it, in Turkmenistan. This, literally, hole of hell, of 70 meters diameter, was created by Soviet scientists.
When they discovered natural gas inside the pit, there started a fire which burns during the last 40 years.
#3 CATACOMBS, FRANCE
Beneath the French capital, there lie the remains of 6 million people. Also known as “The Empire of the dead of France”, the catacombs of Paris have a 312 km network of caves, tunnels and pits full of dead people’s skulls and bones.
#4 VOODOO MARKET, TOGO
In the capital of Togo lies the biggest voodoo market. It’s a place where voodoo professionals can find whatever they need for their rituals.
Shrunken and mummified heads, bones, cauldrons and mysterious potions and whatever else the Togo natives need to practice their art.
#5 HILL OF CROSSES, LITHUANIA
The hill with more than 200.000 crosses is a proof of pilgrims’ deep faith in Christ. The practice of placing crosses on the hill, which started a rebellion against a Russian lord, ceased in 1831. Nowadays, the area is a symbol of Lithuania’s Catholic faith and national identity, as well.
#6 LEAP CASTLE, IRELAND
Leap Castle is characterized as one of the most haunted castles in the world. It is rumored that the corridors are patrolled by “Elemental”, an invisible force. According to claims, the castle is haunted not only because “it was host to” historical massacres, but also, it was built above a torture pit.
#7 KABAYAN MUMMIES, PHILIPPINES
Kabayan is a region with artificial caves in Philippines. Each cave is full of mummies, some of which are the best preserved on Earth. In the region there are so many caves, that it’s very easy to get lost.
#8 HOIA BACIU FOREST, RUMANIA
The mysterious Transylvanian forest has fascinated people for more than 50 years. Surrounding towns’ residents claim that many people get lost in the woods and those who pass by the area feel anxious and nauseous during their time there.
The trees, which once stood straight and tall, now they are bent and their branches have turn.
#9 GHOST MINE, MATSUO
The ghost mine Matsuo in northern Japan, was once the biggest sulfur mine in Eastern Asia. But it was abandoned in the 1970s
Ever since, it was turned to a ghost-town which is covered in thick fog. The fog is so heavy and thick, that sometimes the town is almost impossible to be found.
#10 CENTRALIA, PENNSYLVANIA
This was a busy mine town, until the coal veins beneath the town, were on fire. This dangerous fire burns since 1962. The town is now abandoned, except for about 10 people who keep living there.
The creepiest of all, is that this particular town was the visual inspiration for the horror film “Silent Hill”.