Whenever you travel to a new destination or visit an old favourite place, you're bound to have heard a few notorious stories and legends about haunted sites. So are you brave enough to visit some of the scariest places around the world?!
1. The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
The Forbidden City, situated in the heart of Beijing, was the Chinese Imperial Palace during the Ming Dynasty and served as the home of emperors for almost 500 years, where many violent deaths took place. Some people have stated they have seen strange occurrences such as a crying woman dressed in white roaming the grounds late at night.
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2. Transylvania, Romania
A visit to Romania isn’t complete until you visit Bran Castle, linked to the legend of Dracula. Sighisoara is believed to be the most haunted place in Romania as it’s considered to be the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula. From Bucharest, you can visit the Snagov Monastery where Vlad is buried.
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3. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
The “Church of Bones” is a small Roman Catholic chapel, not far from the capital of Prague, which is estimated to contain 40,000 human skeletons, where the bones have been used to form decorations and furnishings.
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4. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
The Hill of Crosses is located just outside the Lithuanian city of Šiauliai and nobody knows the precise origin of people leaving crosses on the hill. Although this is a pilgrimage site, which contains over 100,000 crosses, we don’t think you would want to spend the night alone here!
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5. Fuente del Ángel Caído, Madrid, Spain
Fuente del Ángel Caído is a fountain in Buen Retiro Park depicting the fallen angel Lucifer. Madrid is one of the highest capital cities in Europe and ironically the fountain is located 666m above sea level!
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6. Castle of Good Hope, South Africa
A 17th Century Fort in Cape Town built by slaves and being one of the oldest colonial buildings in South Africa, it’s no wonder there are many ghostly tales, such as the black dog which haunts the property.
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7. Höfði House, Reykjavik, Iceland
Höfði House is famous for being the location for the 1986 Reykjavik Summit, where President Reagan and Gorbachev met to discuss peace between the two nations. Many people do not know that the house used to be the British Embassy and the consulate wanted to be moved elsewhere, he had to get permission from the Foreign Office, as he was convinced it was haunted by a young woman who drowned.
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8. Salem, New England, USA
Salem is of course infamous for the witch trials which took place in the late 17th Century. You can visit the location which inspired the gothic novel ‘House of the Seven Gables’ by Nathanial Hawthorne.
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9. La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
You could spend hours observing the various tombs and gravestones. Here you will find the graves of Eva Perón and Guillermo Brown, the founder of the Argentinian navy who was actually from Ireland.
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10. Valley of the Kings, Egypt
Legend has it if you disturb the tomb of an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, you will be cursed and suffer an early death. The most famous case being the deaths of Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, who discovered Tutankhamun.
Step back in time and visit Egypt and enjoy a cruise down the Nile.
11. Capuchin Catacombs, Palermo, Italy
These burial catacombs in Palermo ,where mummified bodies are on display, are not for the faint hearted. Originally the Capuchin monks only embalmed Friars, but it later became a status symbol to be entombed into the Capuchin catacombs. One of its famous residents is Rosalia Lombardo who died in 1920 at the age of two of pneumonia. She is eerily encased in a glass coffin, hence her nickname “Sleeping Beauty.”
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12. Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
Take a ferry to Alcatraz aka The Rock and visit the notorious prison located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, where you can learn many fascinating stories about its infamous prisoners, such as Al Capone.
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13. The Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan
A crater, 69 metres wide and 30 metres deep, in a natural gas field was set alight in 1971 to prevent emitting poisonous gases and has been burning ever since. It’s so scary, we don’t even go there...yet!