For many of us, horrors are exclusively attributes of cinema or, in the extreme case, elements of Halloween. However, there are places on the Earth that attract fans of adrenaline and eerie stories. For normal people, such spectacles chill blood so that you want to run, where your eyes look. However, for many extreme people, the goal is to visit the maximum number of such places. Let us tell below about the 10 most terrible places on Earth. Museum of Medical History Mutter, Philadelphia.
This complex belongs to the oldest educational institution for the training of doctors in North America, the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. Here are collected all kinds of pathologies, as well as ancient medical equipment and biological artifacts. The most famous is the collection of skulls, also unique and scary exhibits, for example, a female corpse that has turned into a soap in the earth after burial or an intestine 12.5 centimeters long. You can see and Siamese twins with a common liver, the skeleton of a two-headed human child and other eerie exhibits. Here are stored many wax patterns and simply conserved bodies and bodies. You can safely say that visiting the museum is recommended to either doctors or people with strong psyche.
Lagoon Truk, Micronesia.
Here lies a significant part of the Japanese naval forces flooded here during the American air raid in 1944. The shallow Micronesian Truk lagoon to the southwest of Hawaii was the last haven and a real underwater cemetery for 40 Japanese ships and more than 100 aircraft. For the first time these places were examined by Jacques Yves Cousteau in 1971, after which there are often divers who love extreme experiences. Although many are deterred by thousands of crews of Japanese, and remained in the corps of sunken ships. Today, airplanes and ships have become part of the reef kingdom, but so far curious tourists and divers are disappearing here.
Sorcerer’s Market of Sonora, Mexico.
In the city of Mexico City, the Sonora market has close cabins with witches. Scary women for only 10 dollars promise a quick release, both from poverty and from adultery. The color of the interior is given to the carcasses of frogs, birds and exotic iguanas hung on the walls of their tents. Anyone can buy these items. Sonora works every day, here both tourists and pilgrims from Mexico City aspire. They are all attracted to the possibility of obtaining predictions of fate and the promises of another life. In these places, all the local population believes in the power of supernatural amulets and potions, here in honor, as the Aztec recipes, and statues of the Buddha. Enthusiasts can find here for their experiments the blood of a rattlesnake or dried hummingbirds that bestow luck. Do not take sorcery in Mexico as a joke and a local exotica, the local National Sorcerers’ Association even took part in the presidential elections. Witches with the help of spells turned the vote into free and fair. Easter Island, Chile.
This place is rightfully considered one of the most mysterious on the planet. On the island are several hundreds of huge stone statues of giants, ingrown into the ground under their own weight. Statues seem to be guilty of something and look to the sky, repenting in their own mystical crimes. Until now, no one can understand where the creators of these sculptures disappeared. It is difficult even for us to understand how giant sculptures were made and moved. But their height reaches 21 meters, and weight up to 90 tons! Meanwhile, from the quarry, where the statues were made, they moved for distances up to 20 kilometers. Scientists agree that here once there was a powerful civilization, today on the island life is almost frozen. When and where the mysterious builders left, it remained a mystery. Remained only the statues, inspiring awe and blissful horror.However, having become acquainted with the travels and diaries of Tour Heyerdahl, one can disclose secrets about the manufacture and placement of ancient figures.
Swamps Manchak, Louisiana.
Especially scary here at night. Tourists are driven through the swamps by boat, lighting the way with a torch. Around the water grow old cypresses, with branches of which hang long threads of moss. Sometimes in the swamp a distant lingering howl is heard, which, according to some, belongs to rougarou, a legendary folk werewolf. These swamps are also called “swamps of ghosts”. Places located near New Orleans simply beckon to him ready. According to local legends, the marshes were cursed by the queen of voodoo, captured here in the early 20th century. Added credibility to the legend and the hurricane, which arose here in 1915 and destroyed 3 villages. Under the water were the cemeteries of animals and people, which manifests itself in periodically popping corpses. They are not disdaining the local alligators, who would gladly try and fresh tourists.
Paris catacombs, France.
There are corridors under the ground in which neatly skulls and bones are laid on either side of the passageway. In the dry air of the catacombs decomposition is extremely slow. The walls are well preserved inscriptions dating back to the time of the Great French Revolution with calls for the overthrow of royal power and nobility. Once in the Paris catacombs, it becomes clear why such mysterious and mysterious places were written by such masters as Anne Rice and Victor Hugo. The total length of the catacombs is 187 kilometers, they are located under the whole city, and only a small part is open to the inspection of the public. There are rumors about the existence of a legendary special underground police, and many whispers mention legions of stray dead and vampires. The lack of accurate information and kindles imagination, creating terrible images. Meanwhile, the careers in these places existed at the time of the Romans, and in 1785 the tunnels acquired the final appearance, which was connected with the growth of the city and the overflowing of the cemeteries of Paris. Winchester House, San Jose, USA.
This design in California is a home, with which many prejudices and sorcery are associated. Once the fortune-teller predicted Sarah Winchester, whose deceased husband’s ancestors founded a well-known weapons company that they would be constantly haunted by the ghosts of people killed from hard drives. To stop the nightmare the woman had to move from Connecticut to the West and build such a house so that he could not be finished during her entire life. The termination of hammer knocking here will mean the death of the mistress. Sarah listened to a fortuneteller, and in 1884 in San Jose the construction of a house began, lasting for 38 years, while the woman was alive. However, the hostess did not use the services of professional architects. There are 160 rooms in the building that successfully demonstrate all the madness of the hostess – there are staircases leading to the ceiling, doors in the middle of the wall, decoration is full of spider motifs. This was done in order to maximally confuse the spirits, coming for the soul of Mrs. Winchester. There are a lot of hidden windows and doors, many rooms contain 13 windows, and the number of steps on all the stairs is 13. The house was made exclusively for the hostess, the guests were never expected. It is said that the future President Roosevelt himself was refused a visit to the house. Since the opening of the building for tourists, complaints are constantly being made about steps at night, slamming doors, moving lights and spontaneous turning of door handles. The house is interesting to all. Those who do not believe in ghosts can simply enjoy its size.
Deadlock Mary King, Edinburgh.
Under this name, several streets of the Old Town of Edinburgh are united in Scotland. Here everything breathes the Middle Ages. Once here the victims of the plague were left to die in the 17th century, now many people felt the presence of a poltergeist. Tourists often touch something invisible by the arms and legs.Tradition says that in the impasse lives the ghost of a young girl Annie, which parents left here to die in 1645. The impasse has received the name of the owner of most of the buildings in the area. It is rumored that during the epidemic, the entire block was sealed, in order to stop the procession of the plague. A century later a large and new building was built here. Today, the place has been open for a few years to tourists who come from all over the world to listen to stories about supernatural spirits and, perhaps, to feel their touch. Guides lead people down the stone steps into the oppressive lanes, close and cold. You can see Annie’s room, as well as an exposition about the life of the Middle Ages and the plague epidemic. It is not surprising that tourists prefer not to stay in this place.
Thelma Abbey, Sicily.
Alister Crowley was considered one of the most famous and heinous occultists in the world, his stone farmhouse in the 1920s was considered literally the world capital of Satanism and the corresponding orgies. The glory of Crowley today is based on fans, one of them is Marilyn Manson, the Occultist himself even appeared on the cover of one of the Beatles’ albums. Alistair founded his own Abbey of Thelma, named after the utopia of Rabelais “Gargantua” with the sonorous motto “Do what thou wilt.” The community became a place of free love. The newcomers were placed in the “Room of Nightmare”, where, under the influence of drugs, they stared at the frescoes of heaven, earth and hell. When the famous English aristocrat died in the abbey, the press raised a scandal and forced Crowley to shut down his establishment. In 1945, this story was filmed by the underground director Kenneth Anger, but the film mysteriously disappeared. Today the abbey is destroyed and overgrown with grass. However, the walls still retain the frescos that Crowley used to frighten the minions. The place attracts lovers of esotericism with strong nerves. Chornobyl, Ukraine.
When in 1986 there was an accident at the nuclear power plant, the town of Pripyat was abandoned by tens of thousands of people for several hours. Today here is the exclusion zone, things are thrown in a hurry, apartments and institutions are opened. In the kindergartens settled ivy, and lying on the floor abandoned toys. Gusts of dead wind rock the swing to no one. Today, the level of radiation is already quite safe for a short-term tourist, the zone is open to tourists. Excursions to Chernobyl are not very diverse, as the time of their stay is rather limited. People arrive by bus from Kiev, walk on foot to the station, where they are offered an excursion. Those who wish can examine the sarcophagus and wander through the streets of Pripyat, a ghost town. Here there are also parking of the infected transport. If you are lucky, you can meet with self-residents, residents of the restricted area, who returned to their native lands.
Barn, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic.
The tradition of storing skeletonized remains of mankind has existed for a long time. But the most famous bones was the Czech in Kutná Hora. Once here they built the Chapel of All Saints with a basement chapel. At the local cemetery of 3.5 hectares were buried about 30 thousand people who died during the plague in 1318. Over time, the victims of the Hussite wars were buried there as well. The necropolis was so full that the bones began to be extracted from the ground and dumped into the basement chapel as horrible, turning it into a crypt. In 1511, one half-blind monk decided to restore order and put six pyramids out of the bones in honor of the deceased. But that matter was limited until the 18th century, until local lands were taken over by Prince Schwarzenberg. The new owner instructed to decorate the chapel and order the remains of the famous wood carver Frantiseku Rint. As a result, the whole interior of the chapel and even the coat of arms of the prince is made up of human bones. According to anthropologists, there are at least 40,000 remains left. Museum of Devils, Kaunas, Lithuania.
This is the only place on Earth where the exclamation of the “Thousand Devils” will be quite to the point. Just about as many devils, devils and devils are gathered here. The museum was created on the basis of the personal collection of Professor Zhmuidzinavičius in 1966, replenishing continuously since then. By 1991 there were already 1742 exhibits. The materials of the figures are very diverse: plastic, leather, metal, wood and ceramics, and they are very exotic. The birthplace of the exhibits is more than 20 countries, as a result this representation of the evil forces is the largest in the world.
Elmina Castle, Ghana.
Once in this 15th century fortress was the center of the slave trade. Today it is a monument to the crime of white people in front of the entire population of Africa. There are a lot of such buildings on the territory of Ghana, they meet every 15 kilometers. Here there are all the attributes of slaveholding – a stuffy casemate with a tiny window under the ceiling, shackles, a narrow breach in the wall called “Gate of no return” is an exit to the loading. The most terrible place is a stone well, in which people spent months waiting for their turn to be sent.
“Gate of the prisoners”, The Hague.
In the world there are many museums of torture, in Holland even Amsterdam is much more famous than the Hague. However, it is in the political capital of the Netherlands that the most terrible exposition is located. Once upon a time in the central square of the city of Bau-tenhof there was an ancient casemate of the 13th century. Here for torture criminals from all over the kingdom fell. Today, visitors are invited to look at the tools of the executors. Falls in the horror of a faint here – a common thing, the museum guide will tell in detail about all the intricacies of using these or other instruments of torture.
Museum of Souls, Rome.
In the sacristy of the Italian church of Del Sacro Cuore there is a small museum that proves the presence of the souls of dead people on earth. In order to get here, you need to ask permission from the priest. However, usually this is only a formality, the doors are open to everyone, the holy father also talks about everything. The collection of objects was born thanks to the local abbot in 1912. Today there are hundreds of exhibits that testify to the existence of ghosts. For example, there is a nightcap, on which there were prints of the smoky fingers of the ghost of Louise le Seneschel. Her ghost appeared on May 7, 1873, to her sleeping wife, pinched him several times by her nose and pulled the cap off. The widow himself later told that his deceased spouse had punished him for frivolity during mourning. Only here the photos of ghosts can not be found here – they remain unrevealed.
Castle of Dracula, Romania.
Transylvanian castle Bran is known more like Dracula’s castle. It was built in the Carpathians on the edge of the most terrible abyss. The style of the castle corresponds to the standards of Gothic – there are narrow passages, stone staircases, and close rooms are more suitable for a vampire than for a normal person, whom they press on the psyche. The castle looks quite in the spirit of presenting it in Stoker’s famous novel Dracula. And the main chimney seemed to come from horror films, with a strong wind, there are special howling sounds. In the castle there are 56 rooms, in one of them there is a huge bed with four pillars and a canopy. According to legend, it was here that the owner sucked blood from his victims. The house was named “Castle of Horrors” thanks to Vlad IV or Vlad the Whaler. This nickname and reputation of a bloody monster he received because of his passion to put everyone in a row at stake. And the road that leads to the castle, and is still called “The road of pointed cocks.” Museum of Torture, Mdina, Malta.
This museum is one of many of this kind in Europe. However, the Maltese assembly does not know equal in strength of impact. There is a museum in the ancient capital of Malta, the city of Mdina. Now life here has almost stopped, on medieval streets practically there is no people.Going down to the basement, the tourist will be shocked. In the eyes immediately throws people without heads, hangers, a rack, forceps for ripping out nails, a vise for squeezing the skull. All instruments are real, from the Middle Ages. But the characters are made of wax, but they look extremely naturalistic. Here you can see a man with bulging eyes, because in his throat the executor pours hot oil. The scene of tongue tearing is shown, you can see two mesh bags, one of which is a whole man, and the other already has a skeleton. Behind the brave excursionists the hunchback-caretaker is steadily following, giving even more color to this terrible place. Tower of the Mad, Vienna.
Once in the 18th century Spitalgasse housed a madhouse. Today here is a museum of pathoanatomy, where it is recommended to go either to very brave people, or to notorious cynics. Attentive visitors are offered an elegant gynecological chair made of mahogany, alcohol-bound and dried organs, mummified bodies and prepared skulls, exhibits with consequences of venereal diseases and cases of unnatural genital enlargement. For a long time the museum’s pride was the sculptural composition of Laocoon with sons, entirely made of the bones of people and animals, but it was destroyed in the bombing of World War II. Museum of Hygiene, St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg Kunstkammer is known to many, but about this museum in the Italian street is not known to all. Here everyone can get acquainted with the stuffed dog Pavlov, who is imprisoned in his famous torture device with a bell, transparent figures of a man and a woman with an inactive, alas, mechanism for demonstrating the circulatory system. In the protection section of “motherhood and childhood” are postcards, frankly urging not to put children in swaddlers and do not feed them with a chewed nipple. Mothers were once even forbidden to kiss children on the lips. The dentist’s armchair of the late 19th century looks like a terrible torture unit. Tourists can be frightened by very natural models of female and male sexual organs. There are among them both enlarged and reduced samples, which also demonstrate the course of intimate diseases in different stages. The revelation with which our museum shows all these horrors often makes foreign guests understand that their own horrors are rather harmless. The castle of horrors, London.
The interior of the castle is quite natural, the British even managed to create an appropriate fragrance. It shows real historical events, for example, a fire in London in 1666, you can consider the medieval captivity cameras and torture tools. Spectators are even involved in the action. So, the court of the 16th century is staged. At the top are the judges in wigs, and the attendant reads the lists of tourists sitting on the dock, enduring them with a disappointing sentence – “Guilty!”