More Creepy Cemeteries
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Capela dos Ossos, Portugal
OMG I have to go here!
Literally meaning “Chapel of Bones”, this Portuguese chapel houses two full skeletons that hang on chains in addition to skulls and human bones cemented to its walls. If that isn’t creepy enough, you can also read an inscription at the chapel’s entrance which reads “We bones, lying here bare, are awaiting yours”…um, no thank you.
Stull Cemetery, Stull, Kansas
Also called the “Gates to Hell,” this grave site is among the Seven Portals of Hell listed by numerous haunting guides and is among America’s most haunted places. Legend states that if you knock on a rock in the church’s rubble pile, the Devil will answer you.
Howard Street Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts
Salem is assumed to be the USA’s most haunted town, thanks to its history of witch hunting. In 1692, one popular resident, Giles Corey died from torture at the site because he refused to admit guilt or innocence regarding witchcraft. However, it is said that with his last breath, he put a curse on the town. Legend has it that Corey appeared days prior to the 1914 Great Fire. Today people claim to still see his ghost walk among the graves.
Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
Glasnevin Cemetery houses 1.5 million bodies. This 120 acre graveyard is haunted by a Newfoundland dog. It is said that John McNeill Boyd’s faithful canine died from starving as it refused to leave it’s owner’s graveside. Wow, man’s best friend for life…and death.
Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland
This former monastery garden was established in the 1560s and it is considered to be Scotland’s most haunted place. Its paranormal activity has been attributed to the restless spirit of the infamous ‘Bluidy’ George Mackenzie who was buried here in 1691. The ‘Mackenzie Poltergeist’ is a violent specter that is said to cause bruising, bites and cuts on those who come into contact with it. Many visitors who take the ghost tour have reported feeling strange sensations and have reportedly sustained injuries which they had no recollection of sustaining.
Highgate Cemetery, London, England
This Victorian era cemetery spans 37 acres of London’s overgrown woodland. It sports spectacular statues of people, animals as well as angels, in different states of decay. The Highgate Cemetery highlights the obsession of the Victorian era with ancient Egyptians, perhaps due to the fascination of both cultures with death. The cemetery’s main walkway is aptly called Egyptian Avenue and has a couple of foreboding obelisks. The original Dracula author Bram Stoker is said to have been inspired by the ambient creepiness of the Highgate Cemetery while he was writing.
Ganges River, Varanasi, India
Due to its proximity to the Ganges, Varanasi is one of the Hindus’ holiest cities in India. The river stands for spiritual health and purification. Being cremated on the banks of the river is a great honor. Thousand of corpses are burned on floating pyres annually and the remains are left to be swallowed up by the river. Thus, the Ganges is ripe with bacteria and largely polluted. Unbelievably though, Varanasi people play, bathe, and wash their clothes here. The burning dead’s acceptance into the daily lives of the people is as fascinating as it is eerie.
Cimitero di San Michele, Venice, Italy
After Napoleons’s decree prohibited the burial of bodies in Venice, the cemetery was set up in the 19th century on the island of San Michele. Special gondolas deliver remains to the island where they are buried on a 10 year lease. Needless to say, a whole island given over to the dead is sure to attract some attention from paranormal buffs and Cimitero di San Michele is no exception. Tales of ghostly encounters have been recorded, however no single entity has been labeled. Nevertheless, for a site dedicated to the dead, its only natural that ghostly convolution reign supreme.
Bachelor’s Grove, Chicago, USA
Known for being one of the most haunted sites in the United States the Bachelor’s Grove Chicago cemetery was opened in 1844. The claims of hauntings peaked in the 1970s and 1980s and ranged from reported phenomenons such as weird orbs to phantom vehicles. There are even rumors of a ghostly farmhouse which is said to terrorize its victims by floating towards its victims then vanishing into thin air. As late as 1984 witnesses also reported seeing multiple ghostly figures emerging throughout the cemetery dressed in monk’s robes. And if that’s not enough, in the 1990s witnesses reported seeing a black dog at the cemetery’s entrance which also disappeared when they attempted to approach it.
Capuchin Crypt, Rome, Italy
4000 Capuchin Franciscan friars are housed in this crypt boasting of an intricate floor to ceiling arrangement of human bones paired with the crypt’s soil which is supposedly from Jerusalem. Various bones are utilized in different chapels. For instance, there is a chapel called “Crypt of the Pelvises” and another one, “Crypt of the Skulls”. If that’s not enough to freak you out, there is a solemn reminder underneath a child’s Grim Reaper that states “What You Are We Once Were Too And What We Are Now, You Will Be”. Can anything be creepier?
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