Introducing our creepiest list yet: 20 Real Torture Dungeons You’ll (Not) Want To Visit! For anybody who spent time looking into human history, it quickly becomes clear that our species has a nasty habit of being cruel to each other.
For doubters, there’s nothing that will get that point across as easily as our long and brutal record of torture. Although the techniques and motivations might change depending on the location or period of time, torture chambers existed.
Uncovered in nearly every human civilization that has walked the earth, people believed in the power of pain. That being said, a couple of historic groups took things even further. They created horrifying prisons that still bear the marks of the atrocities that were committed there.
So, without further ado, we present our list of 20 real torture dungeons you’ll (not) want to visit.
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Tokat Castle Dungeon
Also known as “Dracula’s Dungeon,” the dungeons of Tokat Castle in Turkey consist of numerous secret tunnels and prisons that lie beneath the castle.
It’s believed that it was in one of these tunnels where Vlad the Impaler was held. He was the man who would become the inspiration for the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novel (with the same name).
He was imprisoned and tortured at some point during the early 15th century. The castle is currently undergoing restoration and will soon be open to the public.
San Marco Evangelista
The Church of San Marco in Osimo, Italy. It is a Roman Catholic church that, despite still holding regular worships, has covered up a terrible secret, literally.
Once upon a time the church was home to a pozzo delle lame, a well of blades where prisoners would be thrown down to suffer a slow and painful death.
Warwick Castle Dungeons
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle in England built atop a system of brutal underground dungeons. It’s believed to have once held a number of prisoners from the Battle of Poitiers during the Hundred Years War.
To this day, Warwick Castle is considered one of the most haunted places you can visit. Its reputation is capitalized by the touristy “Castle Dungeon” museum. The ghastly room is located in the original dungeons.
Interestingly, reenactments with live actors take place there on a daily bases, showcasing the creepy activities that took place inside those walls.
Oratorio dei Disciplini
These Disciplinati would seek ways to absolve themselves of sin through torture and self punishment, believing that by experiencing the pain of Christ first hand they would have a better understanding of god.
Overlooking the ruins of the ancient Roman forum, the Mamertine Prison was once used to hold prisoners of the Roman Empire before their execution.
Among its list of prisoners are a number of notable figures such as Vercingetorix the leader of the Gauls and the Jewish revolutionary Simon Bar Jioras, as well as the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, who were held there preceding their crucifixions.