There are places, where not even the most courageous and hardened people want to venture. Sites of bloody tragedies, murders, supernatural phenomena or just very creepy occurrences that send chills down even the bravest of spines.
If you are one of those people who have an odd fascination with haunted places and scary locations, you will certainly enjoy today´s post. We’ve searched the world over to find 25 Of The Scariest Places On Earth (Warning: The faint-hearted should avoid these places at all costs).
From the terrifying suicide forest in Japan and the super haunted Leap Castle in Ireland to the creepy Voodoo market in Togo and the macabre Italian catacombs (with life-like dressed mummies…yikes!), all of the places featured in this list are the stuff nightmares are made of.
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Beelitz Sanatorium, Germany
Located in Beelitz, Brandenburg, eastern Germany, the Beelitz Sanatorium once treated the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. These days, the large 60-building treatment complex is abandoned and ruined. Littered with graffiti on its peeling walls, the dilapidated hospital has a disturbingly creepy, apocalyptic-like atmosphere.
Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
Situated about 12 km (7,5 mi) north of the city of Siauliai, northern Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses is a unique catholic pilgrimage site notable for its sheer numbers of crosses, giant crucifixes, statues of the Virgin Mary, effigies and rosaries. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed the hill is now home to at least 250,000 crosses.
Suicide Forest, Japan
Officially called Aokigahara, the Suicide Forest lies at the base of the Mount Fuji in Japan. Historically associated with demons in Japanese mythology, the forest has such a dense tree distribution that it literally blocks winds, making it an exceptionally quiet and eerie place. Despite numerous signs urging people to reconsider their actions, the forest – for some reason – has become a popular spot for suicides. Statistically, about 100 suicides occur here every year.
Chauchilla Cemetery, Peru
Located 30 km (19 mi) south of the city of Nazca in south-western Peru, the Chauchilla Cemetery is an ancient cemetery that contains pre-hispanic mummified human remains and archeological artifacts. Due to the exceptionally dry climate of the Peruvian desert, the exposed corpses clothed in embroidered cotton are remarkably well preserved.
Leap Castle, Ireland
Considered one the most haunted castles in the world, the Leap Castle has an unusually bloody history. There was a brutal fratricide committed in this 13th century castle and also many people were held prisoners and executed there. Therefore, the castle is rumored to be haunted by a number of spirits, including a violent supernatural entity known as the Elemental, most recognizable by the accompanying smell of rotting flesh and sulfur.