Whether you’re a ghost hunter, a fan of being creeped out, or just an ordinary citizen trying to keep away from ghost stories, there’s plenty for you to enjoy in this list of the freakiest cemeteries in existence. Cemeteries all around the world bear an immediate creepiness factor just by being “cities of the dead”.
Whether it be the presence of mummified corpses or a tragic and traumatic death in the area, some of these cemeteries – the ones in this list – are made immensely more creepy and scary. Some have vampires roaming their grounds, looking to suck the blood out of you or local animals.
Some have spirits of the dead murdered in traumatic circumstances roaming the grounds, wailing at the top of their ghost lungs. (And there’s even a restaurant where you can dine among the dead.) Turn the lights off to up the creepiness factor and dig into this list of the 25 freakiest cemeteries that will creep you out.
Capuchin Crypt - Rome
Rome’s Santa Maria della Concezione Dei Cappuccini church has a slightly (thoroughly) morbid tinge to it. Beneath the main premises lies the Capuchin Crypt, the resting place for 3,700 Capuchin friars. The freaky part is how they’re resting: skeletons and skulls litter the walls of the crypts, making the spaces seem more like a madman’s sanctuary than a place of worship. Make sure to look up to see some bones in use as light fixtures.
Stull Cemetery - Kansas
Any Kansas resident will be familiar with the hauntingly creepy Stull Cemetery, believed by many to be the gateway to Hell. It’s said Satan and a human woman copulated and produced a son who is buried in the cemetery along with his mother. Locals report seeing lights at night which have yet to be explained and Satanic cults are said to use its grounds for rituals. The church on grounds lays in ruins, but if you knock on one of its former stones, it’s said Satan himself will respond.
La Noria - Chile
It should come as no surprise that labor laws weren’t as protective of the worker in the 1800s as they are today. Such was the case in northern Chile’s La Noria ghost town. Formerly a saltpeter mine, La Noria was the unwilling resting place of many victims of working accidents and poor living conditions, including many children. Many of the graves have been dug up and their coffins opened – some say by graverobbers looking for two rumored treasure chests in the area and others say it’s due to the spirits.
With the closest human settlement being a gas station 20 miles (32 km) away, the area can be pretty freaky after dark. Some people report hearing disembodied voices, seeing apparitions wandering the streets and approaching them, and hearing screaming from the area.
Glasnevin Cemetery - Dublin
Home to such famous Irish patriots as Charles Stewart Parnell, Daniel O’Connell, and Michael Collins, Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery was created as a place for Catholics to bury their dead. Bodysnatchers were so active in the early years that watch-towers were erected along a high fence surrounding the property and the guards patrolled with blood-hounds. If you visit, stop by the famous pub John Kavanagh’s next door, nicknamed The Gravediggers, as bar staff used to pass glasses of whiskey to the gravediggers through a secret hole in the wall.
Père Lachaise Cemetery - Paris
Père Lachaise Cemetery (meaning Father La Chaise, named after the priest who heard King Louis XIV’s confessions) in Paris is the resting place of such famous names as Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Among the haunted specters which are said to roam its grounds are Holocaust victims, walking between the gravestones to find their own place to be laid to rest. A touching (thankfully, not literally) Memorial to the Dead and three World War I memorials also dot the landscape.
(More of a fun fact than a creepy fact: despite its distance from central Paris when it was built, the cemetery’s marketing team devised a clever strategy to bring in revenue, moving the bodies of famous French citizens such as Molière and Pierre Abélard to the grounds. The response was just as planned – Parisians began applying en masse to have their remains also buried alongside the famous corpses.)