Spooky mysteries: The world's scariest places

After reading this consensus list of 10 scary places, the reader might reconsider visiting them.

10 October 2017 | 12:39

Source: Annahar

A photo of hanging dolls on The Island of the Dolls, located south of Mexico City. (Museum of the Weird file/photo)

BEIRUT: There is much debate of what and where the scariest places in the world are, but based on traveler rumor, observation, and in some cases statistical reports, this is a list of what's considered some of the world's most frightening places. 

For travelers, who exercise a prudent degree of caution, these are places that no one dares to go, on peril of going possibly insane or worse.

Many people are aware of these places’ spookiness; for instance, the Island of Dolls and the catacombs of Paris; but some don’t know the strange history behind other places like The Bermuda Triangle boats. 

After reading this consensus list of 10 scary places, the reader might reconsider visiting them.

SUICIDE FOREST

This forest is located on the northwestern flank of Japan's Mount Fuji. It is also known as sea of trees because of the unusual number of trees.

For the past 50 years, people tended to visit this forest for committing suicide. Knowing that the number of suicides cannot be detected, the Japanese government organizes an annual campaign to search for dead bodies.

Suicides in this forest peaked in 2004, when Yamanashi prefectural police figures show 108 people killed themselves there, according to Japanese government.

THE FIRE MUMMIES

Several mummy caves were found in Philippines. They’re also known as Kabayan mummies. Those mummies are considered to be the best conserved mummies until now.

Scientists believe that they were created 1500 BC. These caves are considered as holy places for the surrounded tribes. The mummy caves in the area are located in Timbak, Bangao, Tenongchol, Naapay, and Opdas, referring to the government’s national museum.

THE ISLAND OF DOLLS

This island is located in south Mexico City, Mexico.

Referring to the island’s website, the story of the Island began when a small girl was found drowned in mysterious circumstances many years ago.

An old caretaker of the island named “Don Julian Santana Barrera” found a floating doll which belonged to the drowned girl and hung it on a tree to respect her soul.

Some legends say that the old man was hunted by the girl’s spirit which made him collect dolls and hung them on trees. After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them, Don was found dead, drone in the same spot where the girl did. However, the island is a tourists place now. Reports propose the dead girl may never have even existed, that she was a tale made up by Barrera after years of isolation in the woods.

OVERTON BRIDGE

Overton Bridge is located in Scotland and is known as the suicidal bridge.

Passing by the bridge won’t make anyone suspect the bizarre nature of this bridge. A big number of suicides took place on that bridge, not human suicide, but dogs.

Around 600 dogs committed suicide on this bridge ever since the 1960’s from the exact same point. Until now, there is no valid reason for the dog’s suicide from this bridge.

70 percent of dogs tested among the breeds known to jump from Overton Bridge react strongly to the scent of minks, animals that might be scrambling across the rocks below according to an animal habitat expert.

SCREAMING TUNNEL

Located in the northwest corner of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the tunnel is claimed to be haunted.

Legends say that there was a farm house near the end of the entrance of the tunnel. The farm house caught fire one day and a young girl got trapped inside the house. It is still unknown how the house caught fire but what they’re sure about is that the girl ran into the tunnel screaming for help where she died from burns and smoke inhalation.

Based on the legend, her spirit is claimed to still inside the tunnel, and whenever someone tries to light a match in the tunnel, they hear her ghost screaming.

SEDLEC OSSUARY

It is also known as the church of bones, located in Sedlec, in the suburbs of Kutna Hora, in the Czech Republic. The church is artistically decorated with an estimation of 40,000 human skeletons.

The bones had been artistically arranged since 1870 onwards, by a Czech woodcarver, Frantisek Rint. The most attractive design in this church is the chandelier of bones in the center of the church, made up of every bone in a human body.

The story of the church goes back to 1278, when King Otakar II of Bohemia sent Henry, the abbot of Sedlec, on a diplomatic mission to the Holy Land. When leaving Jerusalem, Henry took with him a handful of Earth from Golgotha, which he sprinkled over the cemetery of Sedlec monastery. Those dead people wished to be buried in a holy place, that is why they went to Sedlec in the first place, and now their bones are right in the middle of the chapel, according to the Ossuary’s official website.

CATACOMBS OF PARIS

Known as death catacombs, those catacombs in Paris are made of skulls.

It contains more than six million skulls. These big catacombs go back to the 18th century when all Paris’s entries were filled with dead bodies. The government then decided to use the underground passageways to bury the dead bodies. It took them 80 years to rearrange the skulls.

In the early 20th century, the catacombs were open for tourists, according to the catacomb’s official website.

HOIA BACIU FOREST

This forest is situated near Cluj-Napoca, Romania and is claimed to be a haunted forest; and those who enter it get dizzy, nauseous, and strange burn marks. Strange screams come out of this forest and even the trees look weird and burned. Local citizens claim that the forest is haunted by the devil.

HUMBERSTONE AND LA NORIA CEMETERY

In 1872 the two cities where built in Chile as mines for rock salt. At first the cities were booming, but because of economical reasons the towns were later shut down and deserted.

During the heyday of the cities, the residents suffered from slavery and poor living conditions. Their bodies were buried in a makeshift cemetery just past the towns. Most of the shallow graves are open. Witnesses have reported hearing disembodied voices, screaming, footsteps walking toward them. Locals of Chile have also reported seeing children creeping around the local abandoned schools at night.

BERMUDA TRIANGLE

The triangle is also known as Devil’s triangle. It is a marine triangle located in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean. A large number of planes and ships have disappeared there with no evidence of some mysterious circumstances. Scientists have documented deviations from the norm in the area and have found various interesting formations on the seafloor within the Bermuda Triangle's boundaries.


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