The 10 scariest places in the world (photos, videos, descriptions)
Our world is full of striking contrasts. There are beautiful places, as if created by angels, and there are terrible places, which risk to go only “adrenaline junkie” in search of a particularly thrilling experience. We present you the 10 most terrifying places in the world.
10. Catacombs of the Capuchins, Palermo, Italy
These creepy catacombs appeared at the end of the 16th century, when the cemetery of the Capuchin monastery had no room for bodies. At first they were reserved exclusively for the burial of monks, but when word got out about the natural mummification processes occurring in the catacombs, locals also wanted to be buried there (in their best clothes, of course). But such an honor did not fall to everyone, but only to famous townspeople, benefactors and patrons of the monastery.
As a result, additional corridors and rooms (cubicles) had to be dug to bury all comers. Unlike other catacombs, the Capuchin underground cemetery contains only mummified, skeletonized and embalmed bodies. It is the largest necropolis of mummies in the world.
There are currently about 8,000 bodies in the Capuchin underground tombs. The last burial took place in the 1920s. There are separate corridors, including those for monks, for prominent people, for children under 14, and even for virgins. The corpses look more like museum pieces, they are dressed in rich outfits, and their bodies are perfectly preserved. It is forbidden to take pictures in one of the most terrifying places on Earth, and there are discussions about banning gawkers from the catacombs altogether.
9. Aokigahara, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
This seemingly peaceful forest at the foot of Mount Fuji has an extremely unpleasant history. It is the second most popular suicide spot in the world (after the Golden Gate Bridge). Every year, Japanese police, along with volunteer helpers, comb the forest, finding 30 to 80 bodies. Posters are placed on forest paths that urge would-be suicides to think about their loved ones and call for help.
Some believe that one of the worst places on the planet is inhabited by demons who whisper thoughts of giving up their lives to the poor. In the Middle Ages, desperate poor people would bring their old and infirm relatives to Aokigahara and leave them to starve to death. There is a belief that the spirits of the dead never left their final resting place and take revenge on the living for their suffering.
More pragmatic people point out the high density of trees, due to which all the sounds in the forest are muffled and it is easy to get lost there. Many tourists even mark their way with a ribbon or string to make it easier to find your way back later. Do not rely on the compass, it “goes crazy”, because in this area are deposits of iron ore.
8. Pripyat, Ukraine
The scariest places in the world do not have to be full of dead people. An abandoned place full of invisible to the eye and therefore even more dangerous radiation can be no less scary than the last refuge of suicides.
Pripyat, founded in 1970, was home to about 50,000 people by the time it was evacuated after the Chernobyl accident. Since then, Pripyat has been an uninhabited town, although buildings, furniture, and all other signs of life are exactly where their former owners left them. In classrooms, textbooks have been left on desks, rotting dolls lie in toy cribs, and photographs of a carefree life hang on peeling walls.
Today, Pripyat’s most famous landmark is the rusty Devil’s Wheel, in the city’s amusement park. It is unlikely that it will ever work again.
7. Veio Rönkönen, Parikkala, Finland
Veio Rönkönen was one of the most famous contemporary folk artists in Finland. He was also a recluse and refused to display his works in public places. He built a collection of over 450 concrete human and animal figures in his courtyard, creating an original and rather intimidating sculpture garden.
The largest composition is a group of about 200 statues arranged in various yoga poses. While there are some disturbing things about this group of sculptures (artificial teeth, for example), they are nowhere near as frightening as the creepy, freestanding statues. How about a statue of a nun with a toothy grin, for example, or a cloaked figure with black holes instead of eye sockets, stretching her long arms toward people passing by? Visit the Vejo Rönkönen Garden . if you have a desire to never sleep in peace again.
6. Nagoro, Japan
Among the scariest places on Earth is a tiny Japanese village with one very notable feature: life-sized dolls outnumber the living population by a ratio of almost 100:1.
The dolls are the work of local artist Tsukimi Ayano, who began making replicas of her neighbors after they died or left the village.
Creepy doppelgangers can be seen in various places in Nagoro. Here’s a fisherman sitting on the shore, and here’s an elderly couple frozen in eternal repose on a bench, and here are student dolls filling a classroom waiting for a teacher.
There are now about 350 dolls and fewer than 40 living people in Nagoro.
5. “Gates to Hell,” Akhal province, Turkmenistan
The “infernal” name for the crater, located in the middle of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan, was given by the local population. When Soviet scientists were searching for oil in 1971, they accidentally stumbled upon an underground void (cavern), and the drilling rig collapsed there, creating a crater and releasing dangerous methane gas into the air.
Scientists decided to set the crater on fire to burn off the methane created in the cavern and created the Dante anomaly, which has been burning and burning for the past 46 years.
4. Bhangar Fort, Rajasthan, India
This structure, which looked more like a feudal castle than a military fortification, was built in the 17th century for the grandson of warlord Mana Singh I. It had many buildings inside, including shops, temples, and even the governor’s palace.
According to a local legend, an adept of black magic, Singh, fell in love with the beautiful princess Ratnavati. Knowing that the girl would not even look in his direction, the sorcerer gave the princess’ maid the enchanted perfume to give to the princess. But when Ratnavati found out who had given her the gift, she broke the perfume. A huge stone emerged from the shards of the vial, which rolled toward Singh’s house and crushed him. Before he died, the black magician cursed the people of Bhangar, promising that they would all die unnatural deaths and could not be reborn. A year after Singh’s death a war broke out in which all the townspeople died.
According to another legend, the fort and its inhabitants were cursed by the hermit Baba Balathi, who did not want the shadow of the city’s tallest building to fall on his dwelling. As a result, all the inhabitants of Bhangar disappeared without a trace.
Now no one is allowed to enter the fort from dusk till dawn. It is said that those who went to the place after sunset never returned.
3. Changi Beach, Singapore
The now clean and beautiful beach is one of the places where thousands of innocent Chinese found their death at the hands of the Japanese during World War II. This event is known as the Suk Ching Massacre (translated from the Chinese as “deliverance through purification”).
Massacres of civilians were carried out to exterminate all those with anti-Japanese policies as well as those loyal to the British Empire and the Republic of China.
Japan never apologized for this terrible event.
Many people hear crying and screaming while visiting Changi Beach, and at night you can allegedly see pits to bury bodies there.
2. Snake Island, São Paulo, Brazil
In second place in the top 10 creepiest places on Earth is Queimada Grandi Island, where Indiana Jones could have groaned with absolute certainty, “Snakes? Why is it always snakes?” If he had time, of course.
He got his nickname because of the insanely high density of golden spear-headed snakes (aka bottrops). Studies have shown that, on average, there are one to five of the world’s most venomous snakes per square meter of the island.
About 11,000 years ago, the sea level rose and separated Snake Island from the Brazilian mainland. In isolation, nothing prevented the snakes from breeding and reproducing, and adapting to changing conditions.
Since there was no land-level prey left on the island, snakes learned to hunt in the treetops and even catch birds on the fly. Their venom has become five times stronger than that of their mainland counterparts, capable of killing its prey instantly, as well as literally melting human flesh. Because of the many fatalities in attempts to colonize the island, the Brazilian government has forbidden anyone (except scientists) to set foot on the surface of Queimada Grande.
1. The Paris Catacombs.
These catacombs are a network of burial chambers that extend 250 km beneath the French capital. They contain the bones of some six million people. They began to be transported there in the late 18th century from overcrowded city cemeteries and continued to be transported until the mid-19th century.
Somewhere in the catacombs are the remains of famous Frenchmen – the revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre, the writers Charles Perrault and François Rabelais, the mathematician Blaise Pascal.
During World War II, the catacombs of Paris were the headquarters of the Resistance. Curiously enough, just 500 meters away was a secret Nazi bunker.
The temperature in the dark narrow passages is about 15 degrees Celsius and the cold, coupled with the countless skulls, creates an atmosphere of fear and despair. Despite this, in the Paris catacombs (more precisely in the 2.5-kilometer part open to the public) there are many tourists.
The scariest places on the planet may be full of bones and skulls, poisonous creepers and deadly gases. But one thing they have in common is that it’s better to read about them ten times than to visit them once.
The 10 scariest places in the world
The Mütter Museum of Medical History is a museum of pathology, vintage medical equipment and biological exhibits located in North America’s oldest medical training complex. The museum is best known for its huge collection of skulls, with all sorts of unique exhibits, such as the corpse of a woman who turned into soap in the ground where she was buried. There are also Siamese twins with a combined liver, the skeleton of a two-headed child and other creepy exhibits.
2. lagoon Truk in Micronesia
A large part of the Japanese Navy now lies at the bottom of the shallow Truk Lagoon in Micronesia, southwest of Hawaii. The blue depths, surveyed by Jacques Cousteau in 1971 and dotted with the wrecks of warships and aircraft carriers sunk in 1944, are now accessible to divers. Though some are still wary of the crews who never left their battle stations. Ships and planes have long been embedded in the coral reefs, but still their victims are new and new overly curious tourists sticking their noses where they shouldn’t.
3. Sonora Witch Market in Mexico City, Mexico
The witches of Mexico City, sitting in cramped booths, for 10 bucks promise a quick deliverance from poverty and marital infidelity, and tortured exotic iguanas, frogs and wild birds are hung for sale in cages on the walls of the tents. The Sonora Market is open every day to pilgrims from Mexico City and tourists from further afield who come for fortune-telling and promises of a better life. It’s where all the locals get their fill of “supernatural” gizmos, from potions based on ancient Aztec recipes to statues of Buddha. Die-hard enthusiasts might be able to buy some rattlesnake blood or dried hummingbirds to tame their luck. But it’s worth remembering that witchcraft in Mexico is no joke: the National Witchcraft Association has been involved in presidential elections to use spells to make them fair and free.
4. the occult abbey of Telema in Sicily
Aleister Crowley is arguably one of the world’s most nefarious occultists, and this stone farmhouse, packed with grim pagan murals, was once the satanic orgy capital of the world. At least, that’s what was believed in the 1920s. Crowley is mostly known for his fans like Marilyn Manson and the fact that he appeared on the cover of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Crowley founded Telema Abbey, named after the utopia described in Rabelais’ Gargantua, whose motto was “Do as you please. It became a commune of free love. Newcomers were forced to spend the night in the “Nightmare Room,” where, high on heroin and marijuana, they stared at murals of earth, heaven, and hell. After a popular English dandy died in the abbey, the press caused a scandal and forced Mussolini to shut it down. The infamous underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger unearthed the story in 1945 and made a film there, which later mysteriously disappeared. The abbey is now dilapidated and overgrown with grass. But several frescoes have survived inside, with which Crowley intimidated his followers. Tourists with a penchant for the esoteric can wander there and tickle their nerves.
5. Chernobyl in Ukraine
In Ukraine, arriving in the abandoned city of Pripyat, tourists enter the exclusion zone. Here all things are abandoned in a hurry and left behind since that terrible year of 1986, when the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant forced tens of thousands of people to leave their homes forever. Apartments are wide open, ivy entwines along the painted walls of kindergartens, toys lie scattered around, unread newspapers lie on kitchen tables. The swings, still creaking, sway in the yard in the dead wind. Now that radiation levels have dropped to safe levels for a short visit, the Chernobyl zone is open to tourists. Excursions to Chernobyl are virtually the same because travel in the exclusion zone is severely restricted. Typically, tourists leave Kiev by bus, then walk to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, walk through it, looking at the “Sarcophagus”. You can wander the streets of the ghost town. Pripyat and visit the parking lots of contaminated vehicles. And also meet with local samosels, residents of the “forbidden zone”.
6. The Winchester House, San Jose, Calif.
The “magical” Winchester House is a colossal structure with many prejudices associated with it. A fortune teller told Sarah Winchester, heiress to a gun company, that the ghosts of the Winchester killings would haunt her unless she left Connecticut for the West and built a house so large that it could not be completed in her lifetime. Construction began in San Jose in 1884 and didn’t stop for 38 years until Sarah died. Now the 160 rooms of the house are haunted by the ghosts of her madness: stairs going straight to the ceiling, doors that open in the middle of the wall, spider motifs, candelabras, hooks. Ever since the house was opened to the public, there have been continuous complaints about slamming doors, footsteps at night, moving lights, doorknobs that turn by themselves. Even if tourists don’t believe in ghosts, the place blows the roof off with its sheer scale.
7. Easter Island, Chile
One of the most mysterious places on earth is Easter Island, on which stand huge, stone-carved figures of giants, sunk into the ground under the weight of thousands of years. The statues stare up into the sky, as if guilty of some mystical crime. And only the stone giants know where the people who installed them disappeared to. On Easter Island, no one else knows the secret of making and moving, as well as installing these giant statues up to 21 meters tall and weighing up to 90 tons. And they were often moved more than 20 kilometers from the quarry, where the ancient sculptors worked. Now on the island, where once a powerful civilization thrived, there is barely a breath of life, and no one knows where the mysterious builders came from and where they then disappeared. Well, except, of course, for those who read about the travels of Thor Heyerdahl as a child. For them, all these mysteries – how exactly the statues were made and then placed – are no longer a secret.
8. Paris catacombs, France
Bones and skulls are stacked on either side of the corridor like goods in a warehouse – lots of goods. The air here is dry and carries only a subtle hint of decomposition. There are also inscriptions, mostly from the time of the Great French Revolution, sending the king and nobles far and wide. Once inside the catacombs beneath Paris, it becomes clear why Victor Hugo and Anne Rice wrote their famous stories about these very dungeons. They stretch about 187 kilometers under the entire city and only a small part of them is open to the public. The rest are said to be patrolled by the legendary special underground police, though it’s more likely legions of dead men do it. Or vampires. Though who’s going to sort them out, after all. There have been quarries here since Roman times, and when the cemeteries of Paris overflowed, the tunnels became what they are in 1785.
9. Manchac Swamps in Louisiana
Floating through the swamps by torchlight, boats with tourists are surrounded by ancient cypress trees and long strands of moss dangling from the cypress branches. The howls heard in the distance may belong to rou-ga-rou, the Cajun version of a werewolf. Manchac Swamps are also called “ghost swamps. Located near New Orleans, they are just a goth’s dream. The swamps are said to have been cursed by a voodoo queen when she was captured in the early 20th century. As a result, three villages died here in the 1915 hurricane. The rest of the bird cemetery is disturbed only by the occasional floating corpse, a legacy of commercial activity more than 100 years ago. And the alligators, which outnumber the corpses, don’t mind fresh meat from tourists.
10. Mary King’s cul-de-sac in Edinburgh.
A few streets with a dark past hidden beneath the medieval Old Town in Edinburgh. The place where plague victims were locked up and left to die in the 17th century is famous for its poltergeists. Tourists here are touched by the hands and feet of something invisible. It is believed to be the ghost of Annie, a young girl her parents left there in 1645. One hundred years later, a term so beloved in spooky fairy tales, a large new building was built on the site of Mary King’s cul-de-sac. In 2003, the cul-de-sac was opened to tourists attracted by tales of its supernatural spirits. Tourists will be led down stone steps into cramped, depressing alleyways. In addition to Annie’s room, there is a restored exhibit of medieval life and deaths from the plague. The key is not to stop, especially when you feel the icy whiff of death.