There are scary places in different parts of the world that are not recommended for everyone. If you enjoy the experience of fear and horror, join this article.
Places, Have you ever wondered why some people enjoy experiencing fear? Since you decided to read this article, you are probably in this group.
According to psychologists, the experience of fear and being in scary situations activates the “reaction or escape” in humans, which causes the release of adrenaline, endorphins and dopamine in the body.
When human life is really in danger, there is no time to stand up and enjoy the pleasurable effect of the release of these hormones; But in a safe and controlled environment, such as watching a scary movie or walking in a horror tunnel, you can safely enjoy the sensation that these hormones create in the body.
In addition, many people go through frightening experiences because after a successful experience, they feel a certain satisfaction and their self-confidence increases.
Humans are afraid of violating the laws of nature
But why are distorted sculptures, rotten ghosts and corpses, cannibals and moving dolls so terrifying and often used in horror movies and horror room decor? According to psychologists, humans are afraid of violating the laws of nature. As a result, anything that does not fit our logic or causes some kind of incompatibility, whether cognitive or visual, frightens us.
On the other hand, the human mind is heavily involved in death, and this mental conflict has led to the creation of monsters such as zombies, vampires, ghosts, and moving bodies. We humans want to visualize life after death or find a way to eternal life; But because this phenomenon violates the laws of nature, our perceptions of life after death are frightening.
Some people’s interest in experiencing controlled horror draws them to places that somehow account for the terrifying realities of the earth. From the tombs of the dead in Paris to the island of dolls hanging from a tree in Mexico, these places put the viewer in a terrifying situation that may disturb his sleep and peace for a long time.
In this article, we have introduced 16 places that, despite being scary (or because of it!) Attract many visitors from all over the world. If you dare, join this article.
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1- Hill of the Crosses, Lithuania
In the town of Shaulia in northern Lithuania there is a place known as the Hill of the Cross (Kryžių kalnas). The people of this country have come to this hill from the fourteenth century until today for various reasons and have filled it with wooden and metal crosses, rosaries and other religious symbols.
During the Middle Ages, the cross was a symbol of the people’s desire for Lithuanian independence. After the peasant uprising of 1831, Lithuanians increased the number of crosses in memory of the rebels who had lost their lives in this popular revolution. Between 1944 and 1991, the hill became a place of protest and resistance during the Soviet occupation.
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This hill and all its crosses were razed to the ground three times by the Soviets; But the locals rebuilt it with new crosses. To date, more than 100,000 crosses have been placed side by side on the hill, giving it a mysterious and terrifying atmosphere.
According to a BBC article about this place, which is considered by many to be one of the scariest realities of the earth, “when the wind blows across the rural fields of Shaulia, they eat rosaries decorated with metal and wooden crosses and fill the air with eerie rust.”
2- Tomb of the Dead in Paris, France
Death has always been a horrible but undeniable concept for human beings, and it is only natural that the skeleton and skull should be one of the familiar and transformative elements in most horror films. That is why the Catacombes de Paris is without a doubt one of the scariest realities on earth and one of the scariest places in the world.
This crypt, located a few steps away from Denfert-Rochereau metro station and about 1.5 km from it, is prepared for tourists to visit. And, as you may have guessed, is full of human skulls and bones. On the entrance of this crypt is written: “Stand! “This is the empire of death!”
But where did all these human skeletons come from in this tunnel? The story goes back to 1780, when a long, heavy rainstorm flooded the overnight cemetery of Les Innocents , sending a wave of rotten corpses into the surrounding houses. This horrific event sparked a 12-year project in which some 6 million bodies buried in Paris cemeteries were transported to the city’s former limestone mines and eventually to underground tunnels.
If you are an adventurer and one day you came to Paris, do not miss visiting this crypt. The part of the tunnel that is open to the public includes bones and skulls of corpses that are regularly placed along the corridors or arranged in the shape of a cross or other design to create an eerie view.
3- Doll Island, Mexico
Ask anyone who is a fan of the horror genre to name the famous Germans of horror movies, there is no doubt that puppets have a special place in his list. Dolls Chaki film pushpin to Annabelle , dolls because of their resemblance to humans, yet the difference Fahshshan with him, can be very daunting, and perhaps that’s why the island dolls (Isla de las Munecas) located in the south of Mexico City in It has gained a lot of popularity among the scariest parts of the world.
The area is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its example of Aztec life; But on the Internet, it is more famous for this island of dolls.
Hidden from view in the region’s countless water canals, the island is home to hundreds of dolls and their components, which hang from tree branches or are scattered among the grass.
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The island now looks like one of the scenes in a horror movie; But in the past it was the home of a man named Julian Santa Barrera . According to National Geographic, the man, who is no longer alive, after collecting the body of a girl in one of the water canals near his place of residence, starts collecting dolls and placing them all over the island to ward off evil spirits.
People who want to (and of course dare!) Visit the island can rent a boat and watch the terrifying dolls hanging from the tree from a safe distance in the water.
4. Vivo Ronkonen Sculpture Garden, Finland
Veijo Rönkkönen was one of Finland’s most famous folk artists during his lifetime; But at the same time he was very withdrawn and did not want to show his works in public.
Instead, the artist placed all 500 sculptures he had designed during his lifetime in the backyard of his house in Perikala, southern Finland, thus turning it into his personal sculpture garden.
One of the biggest gatherings of this series is a group of 200 of them who have come together in different yoga poses and created a very terrifying scene.
These sculptures (which are likely to be self-portraits) are terrifying enough; But they do not reach the feet of several other statues in this garden. Some of these sculptures, such as a nun squinting behind the bushes or a man in a cloak with arms outstretched, with those vicious smiles (and adorned with real human teeth!) And sunken black eyes, really instill a strange fear in the viewer’s heart and a peaceful sleep. It bothers him for a long time.
5. Great Blue Pit, Belize
One of Belize’s most famous yet terrifying attractions in Central America and the western Atlantic is the Great Blue Hole, located 96 km off the coast of the country near the center of the Lighthouse coral reef.
This large blue pit is more than 300 meters wide and 108 meters deep, and from above it looks like a dark abyss in the heart of the water. Staring into the depths of this dark pit in the clear water empties the viewer’s heart; But some divers come to this area with admirable courage to dive into this pit and somehow feel close to the “center of the earth”.
The deeper you go into the pit, the clearer and more beautiful the rocks on the side become. To understand the depth of the horror of the underwater diving experience, we suggest you watch the video below of Guillaume Neri (French free diver and world champion) who, without oxygen and only with a sigh of relief, takes the viewer to watch the horrific depths of Dean’s Blue Hole) in the Bahamas:
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6. Par Villa Theme Park, Singapore
Tmpark of Par Villa (Haw Par Villa) with 82-year-old in the south of Singapore and contrary to what we expect from an amusement park, is considered one of the scariest places on earth. At first glance, you may think that you are going to visit a Disneyland- like park by seeing the colorful porches at the entrance to the park ; But do not be deceived by its innocent appearance.
As soon as you enter the park, you will encounter more than a thousand small and large sculptures, one of which is stranger and more eerie. If you think a giant crab statue with a human head is scary, wait to see the rest of the statues in this theme park!
a hellish theme and is inspired by Chinese legends. In this section, the brave visitors are confronted with the “Ten Courts of Hell” whose main purpose is to teach morals and behavior to children; But the way in which the severe punishment that awaits sinners in hell is portrayed, even adults, and is by no means appropriate for children.
In every court of hell, a list of sins and their punishments is written on a blackboard, and in a narrow and scary atmosphere, this punishment is displayed in the form of a statue of people being tortured.
For example, the punishment for misusing a book is to cut it in two with a saw; Or the punishment for cheating on an exam is to pull the intestines out of the body. If you are a usurer, according to Chinese legend, you will be sentenced to be thrown on a hill with a knife in the court of hell.
All of this punishment is displayed in the form of scary statues with terrifying lighting, so that the fear it instills in the viewer warns him against committing sin.
7- Master Sedlek, Czech Republic
You may be surprised to learn that somewhere in the world there is a small shrine adorned with human bones. This shrine is called the Sedlec Ossuary and is located on the ground floor of a church cemetery in Sedlek, on the outskirts of the town of Kotnahra in the Czech Republic.
But why should a church use human bones and skulls in its decor? The story goes back to the early 1300s when the great monk of the Sister-of-the-Doles Church of Sedlek, on his return from the Holy Land, took some of the soil with him and sprinkled it as a blessing in the cemetery. This made the cemetery very popular and now everyone wanted to be buried there.
With the spread of the plague and the local wars, the number of bodies buried in the cemetery increased too much, and old bodies had to be exhumed to make room for new ones.
To prevent these bones from being wasted, the church leaders decided to use them in decorations. To this end, in 1870, a carpenter named Frantiek Rein was hired by the church to add more than 40,000 bones from human corpses to the church décor in a magnificent and impressive way; He was very successful in this.
The orthodontics of the church include candlesticks, a family head, and several ribbons hanging from the ceiling. But perhaps the most daunting bone decor of this church is the huge chandelier, which consists of almost every bone found in the human body. The chandelier is decorated with doll angels, who, of course, do not help to soften the space with their scary appearance.
8. Snake Island, Brazil
It is better to stay away from corpses and dolls for a while, and this time to go to the living beings who are on the list of terrifying realities of the earth. Ilha da Queimada Grande , known as the “Island of Snakes”, located 33 km from Sao Paulo Bay, is one of the most dangerous islands in the world.
There are about 2,000 venomous snakes living on the island, the most dangerous of which is the golden bayonet snake, which causes about 90% of snake bite deaths in Brazil. The island’s snake population is so large that one to five snakes are reportedly found per square meter. The island’s dense forests help camouflage snakes so that prey is caught unawares.
But why is this island full of venomous snakes? About 100,000 years ago, the area was separated from Brazil by rising sea levels, and as a result, species of snakes became trapped and continued to live and reproduce. New environmental conditions have made such snakes the most dangerous snakes in the world.
The venom of these snakes is five times stronger than other snakes due to evolution, and it can destroy prey in an instant and even melt human flesh.
Due to the deadly venom of these snakes, the Brazilian government has banned people from walking on the island. Researchers need a Brazilian navy permit to enter. The antidote is available 150 km from the island at the Butenta Sپo Paulo Institute, where the bitten person will die.
9- The Gate of Hell, Turkmenistan
Now that we are talking about nature and its terrifying effects, let us turn to the “Gate of Hell” in the village of Darwaze in Qaraqom, Turkmenistan. The name was given by the locals to a huge pit about 70 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep, which is always burning.
But how was this fire pit created? While Soviet scientists were exploring for oil in the area in 1971, they accidentally struck a source of methane gas while drilling, causing the drilling rig to collapse, creating a large pit and releasing dangerous gas into the air. The scientists decided to set fire to the pit, thinking that the area gas would burn and the fire would go out; But fifty years have passed since that day and this pit is still burning.
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The pit posed environmental hazards in the area and threatened the health of the villagers; But today it is one of the tourist attractions of Turkmenistan.
10- Darvish Khan Stone Garden, Iran
There are many scary places in Iran ; For example, the ” ghost lake” in 12 km of Nowshahr, Mazandaran, due to the combination of dead trees in the middle of the lake, the fog that often covers the lake with the sound of wild animals in the area, has turned it into one of the photographic attractions. Ajib Yeri Cemetery in the east of Meshkinshahr, Ardabil, is full of standing human-shaped tombstones, none of which have a mouth.
But perhaps the most frightening area in Iran is the “Darvishkhan” rock garden, where there is no greenery and large pieces of stone hang from the dead trees of this area.
According to a legend, the owner of this area was Darvish Khan Esfandiarpour, who about 40 years ago, after the complete drying of his farm, out of protest and helplessness and because he was dumb, he hung pieces of stones he had collected from the surrounding mountains as fruit from his dead trees. .
One of the interesting points of this garden is the holes inside the stones that have been skillfully made and some of these stones are so big that the idea of carrying them by an old man with the stature of Darvishkhan seems a little strange.
After Darvish Khan died in 2007 at the age of 90, he was buried in the same rock garden to make the weather even more frightening. Today, this rock garden is one of the scenic areas of Sirjan and may be a good location for making a scary video.
11. Suspended Coffins, Philippines, China, Indonesia
If one day you pass by the mountainous region of Sagada in the Philippines, Fujian in China or the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia and you want to visit the graves, remember that you should look over your head instead of under your feet; Because the people of these areas have a custom of burying their dead in coffins hanging from the rocks.
This custom dates back to thousands of years ago, when a person made his coffin, placed it inside after death, and hung from a rock next to his ancestors. Some of these coffins are hundreds of years old and are clearly made by someone who is now resting inside them.
It is not clear why the people of these areas hung them from the edge of the cliff instead of burying their dead; But perhaps it is so that no one can touch them and the peace of the dead is not disturbed.
12. Danakil depression, Ethiopia
Danakil Depression is one of the most terrifying places on Earth’s scary list of realities, and it may be one of those areas where even those who do not dare to encounter human bones or scary dolls would one day like See it.
The Danakil depression in Ethiopia in East Africa, despite its mesmerizing appearance, is a very dangerous place and not everyone is recommended to visit it. Danakil is one of the lowest places in the world and in some areas it reaches 120 meters below sea level. This depression is one of the hottest places in the world.
The temperature in this region reaches 62 degrees Celsius and can be very unbearable for people who are not accustomed to high temperatures. The wind that blows in this area (known as Afar wind) is so hot that one feels that one’s skin is burning.
The stunning neon colors of these hydrothermal zones are due to the microbes that live there.
Volcanic lava is also constantly boiling among the cracks in the earth’s surface, turning the area into a horrible barrenness.
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The National Geographic calls the area “the most ruthless place on earth” and is considered by some to be the closest image of hell on earth. Danakil is a mixture of minerals, salt, sulfur and soluble iron, all of which appear in a combination of bright colors of yellow, orange and red, giving the area a mysterious and mesmerizing effect. For all its beauty, the water in this area is extremely acidic and there is no life in it.
13. Abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine
People who have watched the Chernobyl series are no doubt familiar with the name Pripyat and know why it is one of the scariest realities on earth. Pripyat was built in 1970 as the residence of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant staff and had a population of about 50,000 until its inhabitants were forced to evacuate the city completely after the 1986 nuclear disaster.
Pripyat has been abandoned since that year, and the buildings, furniture, and all the signs of life have remained the same as their people left them. The colorful books in the classrooms, the dolls in the cradles, and the still-framed photographs have given the city, where no human has lived for 35 years, a dreadful atmosphere.
But the most famous and terrifying manifestation of this abandoned city is the carousel of Pripiat amusement park, of which now only a skeleton remains and the twisting plants cover this metal skeleton.
Visiting the city and Chernobyl has been open to the public since 2010; However, visitors should be thoroughly checked before and after the visit to ensure that they are not exposed to radioactive radiation. If you do not want to risk, you can see a view of this deserted city in the video below:
14. The Tomb of the Dead Capuchin, Italy
If the Cathedral of the Dead in Paris and Master Sedlek could scare you, perhaps the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy, have a chance!
This dreadful crypt was built in the late 16th century after the church cemetery was facing a shortage of space. At first, this place was intended only for people affiliated with the church; But when the locals sniffed the place that mummified the corpses naturally, they did their best to find a place in the crypt for their corpses; Of course, while wearing their best clothes!
The result was that today the crypt houses a house of 8,000 suit-clad corpses, arranged in separate corridors and arranged by monks, specialists, and children.
Visiting this crypt is like visiting a museum; The difference is that inside these luxurious clothes (and of course dusty and faded) are the bodies of people, some of whom still have their hair preserved.
15. Akudeswa Spell Market, Togo
The Akodessewa Fetish Market is a place in the capital of Togo, West Africa, where you can buy anything weird and scary you can imagine, from a rotten leopard head to a human skull, or ask voodoo priests to make a special spell for you. , Predict the future or make medicine for your disease with strange and suspicious substances.
Many people who believe in the spells of this voodoo market think of it as a hospital or pharmacy, which they come to when they are unable to pay for or pay for the actual treatment.
The spells and spells sold in this market are used to cure all kinds of diseases, from the flu to infertility and to eliminate the darkest curses!
In voodoo therapy, any creature, whether alive or dead, can be effective, and all kinds of creatures can be found in the Akudessua spell market: monkeys, crocodiles, goats, leopards, gazelles, and many other creatures that are all rotting and piling up. have became.
The outdoor location of this market at least helps to tolerate body odor; But this market will undoubtedly be a scary place for tourists who are not accustomed to sacrificing animals for worship or using body parts as a spell; Of course, for the locals who believe in this religion, the existence of such a market is vital and very valuable.
16. Car Museum, USA
In some parts of the world there are medical museums that are easily considered one of the strangest and scariest places on earth. From the Musée Fragonard Museum of Exotic Anatomy in France to the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices in Minnesota, these places are full of the remains of strange animals, human skulls, parasites, and dangerous medical devices from the past. People’s lives were in danger of death.
Among these exotic museums, the Mütter Museum has a special place in Pennsylvania, USA, and if we want to gather all the terrifying elements in one place, it will probably be a place like this museum. The car museum has a completely medical and educational approach; But surfing takes a lot of courage and a sense of adventure.
You ask why? In this museum, the human skeleton is the most common thing you will encounter. When you walk into this museum, you have to prepare yourself for part of Abraham Lincoln’s larynx, President Grover Cleveland’s jaw tumor, crooked babies in glass, and even slices of the world-famous genius Albert Einstein.
The contents of this museum make it look like the house of wonders and entertainment of a mad scientist; But it was actually built to pay homage to one of the most talented and respected surgeons in the world, Thomas Dent Motr (1811-1859).
One of the different sections of the museum is “Broken Bodies, Suffering Souls: Injury, Death, and Healing in the Philadelphia Civil War,” which shows the injuries inflicted on people during the war and how they are treated. In this section, visitors are fully interactively acquainted with the feeling of amputation.
This section also displays weapons on display that are designed to dismember the human body.
If you are interested in watching the real human skeleton and other matters related to medicine, you can also visit the National Museum of Medical Sciences in Tehran. In this museum you can see the skulls of a 13-year-old girl that is said to date back to about 5,000 years ago.