With Halloween season looming, we thought it fitting that we review some of the creepiest places in the world and bring you a list of the top five. After all, there’s no reason why we can’t kick off the Halloween season early this year…
1. The Catacombs of Paris
Catacombs are a mass-burial place usually located in an underground chamber. The Catacombs in Paris, France stretch for about 300 km and consist of a network of tunnels filled with the bones of the dead that lie underneath the city. The catacombs were a result of cemeteries in France being too full. The Catacombs were seen as an alternate method to housing the dead and were established between the years 1786 and 1788. At the last count the Catacombs house the bones of 6 million people.
2. Matsuo Ghost Mine
The Matsuo mine located in Japan was an old mining town that used to house 15 000 people. At the time of its establishment, the town was actually considered a luxurious place to live. However, the mine shut down in 1969 and left residents desolate with no purpose. The town was abandoned and soon gave way to deterioration and dilapidation leaving a post-apocalyptic scene in its wake. The town is now ruled by an eerie and empty silence.
3. Hellingly Hospital
Hellingly Hospital located in East Sussex, England established in 1903 was a psychiatric hospital. It was a psychiatric asylum that seemed to come straight out of a horror movie. Hellingly Hospital boasted archaic practices like lobotomy and electro-therapy. Hellingly Hospital continued its operations for 90 years until it shut down in 1994 after a change in the policy of psychiatric treatment. Years of neglect have left the building looking dreary and haunted.
4. Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is located in San Hose, California and was once the home to Sarah Winchester. Sarah Winchester was the widow of William Wirt Winchester (the proprietor of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, a successful gun company). Sarah Winchester survived both her daughter and her husband, and this left her with crippling grief. She then went on to build an eccentric and astounding seven-story mansion. In the years to follow there were various reports of strange behaviour indicating that Sarah Winchester was haunted by spirits. Some say she was haunted by the spirits of all the victims of the Winchester Rifle. Today the mansion still stands to mark the mystery of Sarah Winchester’s story.
The city Pripyat is located in Ukraine and sharing a border with Belarus, about 3km away from the Chernobyl power plant. The city of Pripyat was originally established for people who worked at the power plant and had a growing population of 50 000 inhabitants. Pripyat was evacuated in 1986 the day after the Chernobyl power plant disaster. Today it stands an empty and deteriorating city with empty hospitals, playgrounds, and classrooms.