World’s Top Ghostly Travel Destinations

10 . Saint Louis Cemetery is the name of three Roman Catholic cemeteries in New Orleans.

Saint Louis Cemetery

All of these graves are above ground vaults which means you are one brick away from an actual rotting corpse, most likely skeleton by now.. The above-ground tombs, which are required here because the ground water levels make burial impractical in New Orleans. It has been in continuous use since its foundation. The renown Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is believed to be interred in the Glapion family crypt.

9. Poveglia is a small island in Venice which was home to Venice’s plague victims during the three major outbreaks during the middle ages.

Poveglia

It was also used by the Romans for the same reason. This is an island of death. In addition to housing dying plague victims and serving as a giant plague pit, it was used as a leper colony too. In 1922, a mental hospital was built on the island. One of the doctors working at the hospital was attacked by the insane patients who threw him off the top of the hospital tower. The ruins of the hospital remain to this day, and over 160,000 people died on the small island.

8. Bran castle is a tourist attraction in the county of Brașov, Romania and there is no known evidence that Vlad the Impaler lived there, despite local legend.

Bran castle

However, not so far away is the ruin of Poenari Castle – Vlad’s real home. Around the 14th century, Poenari was the main citadel of the Basarab rulers but eventually the castle was abandoned and left in ruins. However, in the 15th century, Vlad III the Impaler repaired and consolidated the structure, making it one of his main fortresses. After Vlad’s death, the castle fell to ruin but it is still standing in part and is available for tourists but, visitors need to climb 1,500 steps

7. The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo are burial catacombs in Italy.

The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo

Today they provide a somewhat macabre tourist attraction as well as an extraordinary historical record. In 1599, the monks at the monastery mummified recently-dead brother and placed them into the catacombs. The bodies were dehydrated on the racks of ceramic pipes in the catacombs and sometimes later washed with vinegar. Some of the bodies were embalmed and others enclosed in sealed glass cabinets. Monks were preserved with their everyday clothing and sometimes with ropes they had worn as a penance. In the following centuries, it became a status symbol to be entombed into the capuchin catacombs. In their wills, local luminaries would ask to be preserved in certain clothes, or even to have their clothes changed at regular intervals.

6. Catacombs of Paris. An ossuary is a site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.

Catacombs of Paris

They are frequently used where burial space is scarce. Perhaps the most famous are the Catacombs of Paris which are a vast network of skeleton lined caverns beneath the streets of Paris. The remains of over 4,000 friars can be viewed at certain ones, some of the skeletons are intact and draped with Franciscan habits, but for the most part, individual bones are used to create elaborate ornamental designs. This is but one of the many amazing ossuaries you can visit.

5. For years, the hidden underground closes of Mary King’s Close, in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland, have been shrouded in myths and mysteries.

Mary King’s Close

Tales of ghosts and murders, and myths of plague victims being walled up and left to die abounded. In 1645 life of the close was shattered forever. The plague struck this little community, and there is a tale that the local council decided to contain the plague by incarcerating the victims, bricking up the close for several years and leaving them to die inside to die. It is likely that this is why the close was nicknamed ‘street of sorrows’.

4. The Château de Machecoul was home to a Breton knight, a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc, and a Marshal of France, but best known as a prolific serial killer of children.

The Château de Machecoul

The victims may have numbered in the hundreds. After raping the boys he kidnapped, he would slash their throats and masturbate in their blood and innards. The court transcripts from his trial state: “when the said children were dead, he kissed them and those who had the most handsome limbs and heads he held up to admire them, and had their bodies cruelly cut open and took delight at the sight of their inner organs; and very often when the children were dying he sat on their stomachs and took pleasure in seeing them die and laughed…”He was executed by hanging at Nantes on 26 October 1440.

3. Leap Castle is an Irish castle and was built in 1250 and in 1659, the castle passed by marriage into the ownership of the Darby family.

Leap Castle

Many people were imprisoned and executed in the castle, and it is supposedly haunted by several spectres. Not far from there, workers discovered an oubliette, which is a dungeon where people are locked away and forgotten about. There are spikes at the bottom of this shaft, and when workers were cleaning it out, it took them three cartloads to carry out all the human bones at the bottom. A report indicates that these workmen also found a pocket-watch dated to the 1840s amongst the bones.

2. The Hill of Crosses is located in the Lithuanian national pilgrimage center.

The Hill of Crosses

Standing upon a small hill are many hundreds of thousands of crosses that represent Christian devotion and a memorial to Lithuanian national identity. The origin of the first crosses is unknown, but despite repeated attempts by the occupying communists in the 20th century to destroy the hill and remove the crosses, they still come back in their thousands.

1. Aokigahara Suicide Forest is known as the Sea of Trees, located in Japan.

Aokigahara

It has been claimed by residents and visitors that the woods are host to a lot of paranormal phenomena. There are a variety of unofficial trails that are used semi-regularly for the annual “body hunt” done by local volunteers. On some occasions, human remains can be found in the distant reaches of the forest, which are usually several years old and consist of scattered bones and incomplete skeletons. Aokigahara is reportedly the world’s second most popular suicide location after the Golden Gate Bridge. Since the 1950s, more than 500 people have lost their lives in the forest, mostly suicides, with approximately 30 counted yearly.

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