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For many of us, horror is purely movie attributes or, in extreme cases, Halloween elements. Let's tell below about the 10 most terrible places on Earth.
Mutter Museum of Medical History, Philadelphia. This complex is owned by the oldest physician training institution in North America, the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. Here are collected all kinds of pathologies, as well as old medical equipment and biological exhibits. The museum is most famous for its collection of skulls, and there are also unique and terrible exhibits, for example, a female corpse that turned into soap in the ground after burial, or an intestine 12.5 centimeters long. You can also see Siamese twins with a common liver, the skeleton of a two-headed human child and other eerie exhibits. There are many wax models and simply preserved organs and bodies. We can safely say that visiting the museum is recommended either for doctors or people with a strong psyche.
Laguna Truk, Micronesia. A significant part of the Japanese naval forces, sunk here during the American air raid in 1944, rests here. The shallow Micronesian Truk Lagoon, southwest of Hawaii, has become the final resting place and true underwater graveyard for 40 Japanese ships and more than 100 aircraft. For the first time these places were explored by Jacques Yves Cousteau in 1971, after which divers who love extreme experiences often come here. Although many are frightened off by the crews of many thousands of the Japanese, so are the sunken ships remaining in the hulls. Today, airplanes and ships have become part of the reef kingdom, but curious tourists and divers are still missing here.
Sonora Witchcraft Market, Mexico. In Mexico City, the Sonora Market is home to cramped witches' booths. Scary women for just $ 10 promise a quick deliverance from both poverty and adultery. The carcasses of frogs, birds and exotic iguanas hung on the walls of their tents add color to the interior. Anyone can purchase these items. Sonora works every day, both tourists and pilgrims from Mexico City come here. All of them are attracted by the opportunity to receive predictions of fate and the promise of another life. In these places, the entire local population believes in the power of supernatural amulets and potions, here both Aztec recipes and Buddha statues are held in high esteem. Enthusiasts can find here for their experiments the blood of a rattlesnake or dried hummingbirds that bestow good luck. Do not take witchcraft in Mexico as a joke and a local exotic, the local National Association of Witch Doctor even took part in the presidential elections. Witches used spells to make voting free and fair.
Easter Island, Chile. This place is rightfully considered one of the most mysterious on the planet. There are several hundred huge stone statues of giants on the island, which have grown into the ground under their own weight. The statues seem to be guilty of something and look to the sky, repenting of their own mystical crimes. Until now, no one can understand where the creators of these sculptures disappeared. It is difficult for us even to understand how the giant sculptures were made and moved. But their height reaches 21 meters, and their weight is up to 90 tons! Meanwhile, from the quarry where the statues were made, they traveled up to 20 kilometers. Scientists agree that a powerful civilization once existed here, but today life on the island has practically stopped. When and where the mysterious builders went - it remains a mystery. Only the statues remained, inspiring awe and ecstatic horror. However, having familiarized yourself with the travels and diaries of Thor Heyerdahl, you can reveal the secrets about the manufacture and placement of ancient figures.
Manchak Swamps, Louisiana. It is especially scary here at night. Tourists are taken through the swamps by boat, lighting the path with a torch. Old cypress trees grow out of the water around them, with long threads of moss hanging from their branches. Occasionally, a distant, drawn-out howl is heard in the swamp, which some believe belongs to the rougarou, the legendary folkloric werewolf. These swamps are also referred to as "ghost swamps". Places located near New Orleans simply beckon the Goths. According to local legends, the swamps were cursed by the voodoo queen, who was taken prisoner here at the beginning of the 20th century. Added credibility to the legend and the hurricane that arose here in 1915 and destroyed 3 villages. Cemeteries of animals and people turned out to be under water, which is manifested in periodically emerging corpses. They do not disdain local alligators who would gladly try even fresh tourists.
Paris catacombs, France. There are corridors underground here, with skulls and bones neatly laid on either side of the passage. In the dry air of the catacombs, decomposition is extremely slow. On the walls there are well preserved inscriptions from the times of the Great French Revolution, calling for the overthrow of the royal power and the nobles. Once in the Paris catacombs, it becomes clear why masters such as Anne Rice and Victor Hugo wrote about these mysterious and mysterious places. The total length of the catacombs is 187 kilometers, they are located under the entire city, and only a small part is open to the public. There are rumors of the existence of a legendary special underground police here, and many mention in whispers of legions of the wandering dead and vampires. The lack of accurate information also fuels imagination, giving rise to scary images. Meanwhile, quarries in these places existed in the days of the Romans, and in 1785 the tunnels took on their final form, which was associated with the growth of the city and the overcrowding of the cemeteries of Paris.
Winchester House, San Jose, USA. This construction in California is a home with many prejudices and magic associated with it. Once a fortune teller predicted Sarah Winchester, whose late husband's ancestors founded a famous arms company, that she would be constantly haunted by the ghosts of people killed from Winchesters. To end the nightmare, the woman had to move from Connecticut to the West and build such a house that they would not have time to finish it throughout her life. The cessation of hammering here would mean the death of the hostess. Sarah listened to a fortune teller, and in 1884, construction of a house began in San Jose, which lasted 38 long years while the woman was alive. At the same time, the hostess did not use the services of professional architects. The building has 160 rooms that successfully demonstrate all the madness of the hostess - there are stairs leading to the ceiling, doors in the middle of the wall, and the decoration is replete with spider motives. This was done in order to confuse the spirits that come for Mrs. Winchester's soul as much as possible. There are many secret windows and doors, many rooms contain 13 windows, and the number of steps on all staircases is 13. The house was made exclusively for the hostess, guests were never expected here. It is said that the future President Roosevelt himself received a refusal to visit the house. Since the opening of the building to tourists, there have been constant complaints about footsteps at night, slamming doors, moving lights and spontaneous turning of door handles. The house is interesting to everyone. Those who don't believe in ghosts can simply enjoy its size.
Dead End Mary King, Edinburgh. Several streets of the Old City of Edinburgh in Scotland are united under this name. Everything here breathes the Middle Ages. Once the victims of the plague were left here to die in the 17th century, but now many felt the presence of a poltergeist. Tourists often touch something invisible by the hands and feet. Tradition says that the ghost of a young girl Annie lives in a dead end, whom her parents left to die here in 1645. The dead end was named after the owner of most of the buildings in the area. Rumor has it that during the epidemic, the entire quarter was sealed in order to stop the plague. A century later, a large and new building was built here. Today, the place has been open for several years for tourists who come here from all over the world to listen to tales about supernatural spirits and, perhaps, feel their touch for themselves. Tour guides lead people down stone steps into oppressive alleys, cramped 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 linger in this place.
Thelma Abbey, Sicily. Aleister Crowley was considered one of the most famous and nefarious occultists in the world, his stone farmhouse in the 1920s was considered literally the world capital of Satanism and the corresponding orgies. Crowley's fame today is based on fans, one of them is Marilyn Manson, and the occultist himself even appeared on the cover of one of the Beatles' albums. Alistair founded his own Abbey of Thelma, named after Rabelais' utopia "Gargantua" with the sonorous motto "Do what you want." The community has become a place of free love. Newcomers were placed in the "Nightmare Room", where they stared at the frescoes of heaven, earth and hell under the influence of drugs. When a famous English aristocrat died in the abbey, the press raised a scandal and forced Crowley to close his institution. In 1945, the story was filmed by underground director Kenneth Anger, but the film mysteriously disappeared. Today the abbey has been destroyed and overgrown with grass. However, the walls still contain murals that Crowley used to scare the minions. The place attracts lovers of esotericism with strong nerves.
Chernobyl, Ukraine. When in 1986 there was an accident at a nuclear power plant, the city of Pripyat was abandoned within a few hours by tens of thousands of people. Today there is an exclusion zone, things are thrown in a hurry, apartments and institutions are revealed. Ivy has settled in kindergartens, and abandoned toys lie on the floor. Dead wind gusts swing unnecessary swings. Today, the radiation level is already safe enough for short-term tourists, the zone is open to tourists. Excursions to Chernobyl are not very diverse, as the time of stay is rather limited. People arrive by bus from Kiev, walk to the station itself, where they are offered an excursion. Those who wish can inspect the sarcophagus and wander the streets of Pripyat, a ghost town. There are also parking lots for infected vehicles. If you're lucky, you can also meet with self-settlers, residents of the restricted area, who returned to their native lands.
Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. The tradition of keeping skeletonized remains of humanity has existed for a long time. But the most famous ossuary was the Czech one in Kutna Hora. The Chapel of All Saints with a basement chapel was once built here. About 30 thousand people who died during the plague in 1318 were buried at the local cemetery of 3.5 hectares. Over time, the victims of the Hussist wars were also buried here. The necropolis was so overcrowded that the bones began to be removed from the ground and dumped into the basement chapel at random, turning it into a crypt. In 1511, a half-blind monk decided to put things in order here and made six pyramids of bones in honor of the dead. But the matter was limited to that until the 18th century, until the local lands passed into the possession of Prince Schwarzenberg. The new owner commissioned the decoration of the chapel and the ordering of the remains to the famous woodcarver František Rint. As a result, the entire interior of the chapel and even the prince's coat of arms is made up of human bones. According to anthropologists, the remains of at least 40 thousand people are presented here.
Devils Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania. This is the only place on Earth where the exclamation "A Thousand Devils" will be quite appropriate. Just about so many devils, devils and devils are collected here. The museum was created on the basis of the personal collection of Professor muidzinavičius in 1966, and has been replenished continuously since then. By 1991, there were already 1,742 exhibits. The materials of the figures are very diverse - plastic, leather, metal, wood and ceramics, there are also quite exotic ones. More than 20 countries are home to the exhibits, making this representation of evil spirits the largest in the world.
Elmina Castle, Ghana. Once in this fortress of the 15th century there was a center of the slave trade. Today it is a monument to the crime of white people against the entire population of Africa. There are quite a few such buildings on the territory of Ghana, they are found every 15 kilometers. There are all the attributes of slaveholding - a stuffy casemate with a tiny window under the ceiling, shackles, a narrow hole in the wall called the "Gate of No Return" is the exit to loading. The most scary place is the stone well, in which people were for months, waiting for their turn to be sent.
"The Gates of the Prisoners", The Hague. There are many torture museums in the world, 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 on the central square of the city of Bau-tenhof there was an ancient casemate of the 13th century built. Criminals from all over the kingdom came here for torture. Today visitors are invited to take a look at the working tools of the executors. Falling in horror from fainting is a common thing here, the museum guide will tell you in detail about all the intricacies of using certain instruments of torture.
Museum of Dead Souls, Rome. In the sacristy of the Italian church Del Sacro Cuore there is a small museum that proves the presence of the souls of the dead on earth. In order to get here, you need to ask permission from the priest. However, this is usually just a formality, the doors are open to everyone, and the Holy Father will also tell you about everything. The collection of objects came into being thanks to the local abbot in 1912. Today, there are hundreds of exhibits testifying to the existence of ghosts. For example, there is a nightcap, which has the smoked fingerprints of the ghost of Louise le Senechel. Her ghost appeared on May 7, 1873 to her sleeping husband, pinched him several times by the nose and pulled off the cap. The widower himself later said that in this way his deceased wife punished him for frivolity during mourning. Only photos of ghosts cannot be found here - they remain unmanifested.
Dracula's castle, Romania. The Transylvanian Bran Castle is better known as Dracula's Castle. It was built in the Carpathians on the edge of the most terrible abyss here. The style of the castle meets the standards of the Gothic as much as possible - there are narrow passages, stone stairs, and cramped rooms are more suitable for a vampire than for a normal person, whom they put pressure on the psyche. The castle looks quite in the spirit of its representation in Stoker's famous novel "Dracula". And the main chimney seems to have come from horror films; in a strong wind, special howling sounds are heard here. The castle has 56 rooms, one of which has a huge bed with four racks and a canopy. According to legend, it was here that the owner sucked blood from his victims. The house got the name "Castle of Horrors" thanks to Vlad IV or Vlad the Piercer. He received such a nickname and reputation as a bloody monster because of his passion to impale everyone. And the road that leads to the castle is still called the Road of Pointed Stakes.
Torture Museum, Mdina, Malta. This museum is one of many of its kind in Europe.However, the Maltese congregation knows no equal in terms of impact. The museum is located in the ancient capital of Malta, the city of Mdina. Now life here has almost stopped, there are practically no people on the medieval streets. Going down to the basement, the tourist will be shocked. People without heads, gallows, a rack, tongs for pulling out nails, a vice for squeezing the skull immediately catch the eye. All instruments are real, from the Middle Ages. But the characters are made of wax, but they look extremely natural. Here you can see a man with eyes widening in pain, because the executor pours hot oil into his throat. A scene of tearing out the tongue is shown, you can see two mesh bags, in one of which there is still a whole person, and in the other already a skeleton. The hunchback caretaker follows the brave excursionists, adding even more color to this terrible place.
Tower of the Mad, Vienna. Sometime in the 18th century, a lunatic asylum was located in Spitalgasse. Today there is a museum of pathological anatomy, where it is recommended to enter either very courageous people, or notorious cynics. Visitors are offered an elegant mahogany gynecological chair, alcoholized and dried organs, mummified bodies and dissected skulls, exhibits with the consequences of venereal diseases and cases of unnatural enlargement of the genitals. For a long time, the museum's pride was the sculptural composition of Laocoon with his sons, entirely made of the bones of people and animals, but it was destroyed during the bombings of the Second World War.
Museum of Hygiene, St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg Cabinet of Curiosities is known to many, but not everyone knows about this museum on an Italian street. Here everyone can get acquainted with the stuffed Pavlov's dog, which is enclosed in its 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 section on protection of "motherhood and childhood" there are postcards that openly urge not to twist children into swags and not to feed them with a chewed nipple. Mothers were once even forbidden to kiss children on the lips. The dental chair of the late 19th century looks like a terrible torture unit. Tourists can be intimidated by very natural replicas of female and male genitals. Among them there are both enlarged and reduced samples, which, moreover, demonstrate the course of intimate diseases at different stages. The revelation with which our museum shows all these horrors often makes foreign guests understand that their native horrors are quite harmless.
Castle of Horrors, London. The interior of the castle is made quite naturally, the British even managed to create an appropriate scent. Real historical events are displayed here, for example, the fire in London in 1666, you can see medieval imprisonment chambers and instruments of torture. The spectators are even involved in the action. So, the court of the 16th century is being staged. Judges in wigs are sitting upstairs, and the attendant announces the lists of tourists sitting in the dock, passing them a disappointing verdict - "Guilty!"