Some call it scary, some call it a spook-fest. Some enjoy the eerieness while others run away from it. The thing about horror stories and haunted places is the mystery of it. This very mystery ends up drawing people towards or away from it. If you are the one who is often drawn to the unexplained stories and places, this one is for you. We take a look at a few places in the world that are popular for its mysterious aura and haunting stories.
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1. Romania’s Hoia-Baciu Forest
They say a picture speaks a thousand words. And we’re sure, you are taken aback just looking this picture from the Hoia-Baciu Forest of Romania. It is said that the forest gained mainstream popularity around 1968. A military technician clicked a photograph which seemed to have captured the image of the UFO. The never-seen-before curvy shape of trees has earned this forest the title of ‘Bermuda of Transylvania’.
2. Rajasthan’s Bhangarh Fort
Rajasthan has always lured people with its magnificent beauty. Many of the state’s golden forts are popular sightseeing spots, but Bhangarh Fort isn’t like the others. Even today, the fort and its periphery are uninhabited. It is believed that a sorcerer’s advancements were rejected by a local princess, after which the sorcerer cast a curse over the place.
3. France’s Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé
Next one is a castle in France’s Brissac-Quincé area known as the Château de Brissac. The seven-story castle is known as “home of the green lady”, given the colour of her dress. Her name was Charlotte and she was the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII. Charlotte’s husband killed her after she found out about his extra-marital affair. It is believed that Charlotte can be seen roaming in the castle during the early hours of the day.
4. England’s Tower of London
England’s Tower of London was built in 1066 by the conqueror named William. It served as a prison and execution ground for centuries. King Henry VIII executed his two wives here and later, King Edward IV’s princes were held captive here, after his death. The two young boys escaped and their remains weren’t found until 1674. Since then, there have been stories of how the ghosts of various victims have been touring the tower at wee hours.
5. Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses
The tradition of placing crosses in the Hill of Cross in Lithuania has been a common practice since the 14th century. This was the locals’ expression to keep the place independent. During the Soviet reign, the officials took control and tried to bulldoze over the Hill of Cross. However, more and more crucifixes started to appear at the spot. Today, more than 100,000 crucifixes are seen at the spot.
6. France’s Catacombs of Paris
The Catacombs of Paris, in France, are a common local attraction. A mile of the subterranean maze is open to visitors who can take a look at the craftily arranged human bones. The eerieness to this place comes from the horror that the city of Paris had witnessed in the 1780s. With a long period of heavy rainfall and floors, many corpses were left rotting in the property next to a filled cemetery. Eventually, they were moved to the Catacombs of Paris.