No matter where you are in the world, probably a haunted house, hotel, or old historical site is waiting for you to visit. Haunted by ghosts or other supernatural beings, including demons, these locations offer spine-chilling mystical experiences that attract our attention and gives fright to even the bravest horror enthusiast. Read on for 10 of the most haunted places in the world.
- Poveglia Island, Venice Italy: Off the coast of Venice, Italy, Poveglia Island is considered one of the world’s spookiest haunted place. Located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy, Poveglia Island that remained abandoned for several centuries is up for sale finally. Its grounds are said to hide the remains of more than 100,000 bodies of plague victims that were brought down to this area in 1973 via ships. The buildings and remains surrounding the island often are marked with strange sounds and ghostly appearances in the all-enveloping darkness.
- Bhangarh Fort, India: Built by the Kachwaha ruler of Amber, Raja Bhagwant Singh, for his younger son Madho Singh in 1573 AD, entry to Bhangarh Fort in Alwar district of Rajasthan is restricted before and after sunset. His son Chatr Singh succeeded Madho Singh. Forever condemned to desolation and inhabited by ghosts, the tales of Bhangarh Fort emerged from the curse of a tantrik priest who fell in love with Chatr Singh’s beautiful princess Ratnavati. He tried to cast a spell on her that would make Ratnavati fall in love with him. Ratnavati came to know of this and thus rejected his love. In drastic change of events, the Tantrik died, thereby, cursing the princess, her family and the entire village before his death.
- Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton-under-Edge, England: Believed to be riddled with up to 20 spirits including ghost children, the Ancient Ram Inn, in the village of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, is one of the oldest in the western world. This 12th-century inn was once a pagan burial ground offering child sacrifices and devil worship. The paranormal account often talk about a blood-curdling child’s scream, touch of an invisible force, furniture flying around the bedrooms, and a ghostly little girl wandering the hallways. The Inn also has an ancient burial ground beneath with small bones and daggers under the earth, which confirms that children had been sacrificed there to pagan gods years ago.
- Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia – USA: The ESP is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was operational from 1829 until 1971. At its completion, the building was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected in the United States, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide. The prison is currently a U.S. National Historic Landmark, open to the public as a museum for tours. Beautiful and breath taking as a castle from outside, the Eastern State Penitentiary drove prisoners insane. The prisoners here were not allowed to interact with other prisoners at all, in any way.
- Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa: The Castle was the centre of civilian, administrative and military activity at the Cape for 150 years and the site of gruesome punishments, torture and executions there centuries ago. The ghostly tale surrounding this place include the ghost of a soldier who hanged himself in the bell tower 300 years ago or of a sad-faced woman, wearing a long, grey cloak, who walks through the Castle at night. The numerous visitors to the fort have claimed to have witnessed the spirits that in ways recalls bloody history that this place has seen in particularly violent ways.
- Lawang Sewu – Semarang, Indonesia: Believed to be the most haunted place in Indonesia, Lawang Sewu is a landmark in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, built as the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies Railway Company. The name Lawang Sewu from Javanese means “Thousand Doors”, owing to its design, with numerous doors, arcs and huge windows. Among the ghosts reported to inhabit the establishment are a Dutchwoman who committed suicide and many headless spirits wandering the place for long.
- Island of the Dolls – Xochimilco, Mexico: Dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who met her fate too soon in strange circumstances, Isla de las Munecas is a small island between the canals of Xochimico, just south of Mexico City. It is a home to hundreds of terrifying dolls with severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes hanging from trees. Local witnesses claim they had seen the dolls move their heads and arms, opened their eyes and even heard the dolls whispering to each other. According to the stories surrounding the place, Julian Santana Barrera (now dead), was the caretaker of this place who found a little girl with a doll drowned in mysterious circumstances. The girl, however, could not be saved but Julian picked up the doll, hung it to a tree, as a way of showing respect, and support the spirit of the girl. After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot where the girl did. It is believed that some unseen force drove Julian for the rest of his life and the spirits of dead girls possessed the dolls themselves.
- Old Changi Hospital – Changi, Singapore: Used as a prison and torture camp in the beginning by the Japanese Secret Police during WWII, the building became a hospital after war before shutting its doors in 1997. Surrounded with the ghosts of Japanese soldiers, people executed during the occupation and patients that died here, Changi Hospital with unexplained mystical occurrences stand as one of the darkest places known to this planet. Fading in and out sight of a woman, an old man and ghost children, this place has seen it all.
- Augustine Lighthouse – Florida, USA: The tower and grounds are owned by the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., is an active lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida. The lighthouse and surrounding buildings have a history of paranormal activity that include a disembodied female voice asking for help, the eerie footsteps and visions of shadowy figures on the stairs. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has been featured on TAPS/Ghost Hunters, CNN, Parade Magazine, Fox News and The Weather Channel.
- Edinburgh Castle, Scotland: With some 900 years of history behind it, the fortress has seen a lot of history over the centuries. The unexplained music echoing through the halls, shadowy figures, sudden drops in temperature and the feeling of something tugging on your clothes, the Edinburgh Castle now offers haunted tours to its visitors. The castle once hosted Duke Alexander Stewart of Albany (who escaped, stabbing his guards to death and then burning their bodies), Lady Janet Douglas of Glamis (accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake), and an unnamed piper who once wandered down one of the castle’s underground passages and never returned. Edinburgh also boasts the Mary Kings Close, an underground area of the city in which victims of the Black Plague were quarantined and left to die.
So, how many of you would actually visit somewhere that is supposed to be haunted?