Since the dawn of mankind, people have claimed to have been visited by ghosts, spirits and demons. Coincidentally, the majority of people will say that their paranormal experience had occurred in the dead of night. Ghost stories are often about the departed seeking justice for an earthly wrong. Their sightings are a reminder that ethics and morality transcend our lives.
No matter where you live, there seems to be a spot in every corner of the world with a terrifying tale making it spooky all the year round. From haunted hotels, houses and restaurants to full towns, some places are known more for their ghostly residents than their living ones.
So, if you are looking to test your bravery this fall, check out these most haunted places on the planet.
1. Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France
Château de Brissac is a castle located in the commune of Brissac-Quincé, the department of Maine-et-Loire, France. The castle is recorded to have been built during the 11 th century, and has a long and interesting history.
Originally built by the Counts of Anjou, this castle dates back to the 11th century, the castle is now owned by the royal Cossé-Brissac family. Located in the famous Loire Valley, this tallest castle is also famed for a ghastly murder that took place on the site. Like many castles around the world, the Château de Brissac is said to possess its own resident ghost. This is the ‘la Dame Verte’ or Green Lady, who is said to be the ghost of an unfaithful wife murdered by her husband during the 15 th century.
2. La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is a lively metropolis but it has a spooky side. Parts of the city were constructed on top of old burial grounds, soldiers died on the streets of San Telmo while fighting the English, torture occurred in secret prisons during the Dirty War, and a central tourist attraction is a VIP cemetery.
Over the years the Recoleta Cemetery grew to massive proportions, containing over 6,000 graves, displayed in beautifully ornate tombs. Whilst the Recoleta Cemetery is a beautiful place of interest to tourists, it also boasts some chilling ghost stories and haunted legends. It seems easy to frighten oneself in the dark of night, but it takes a unique locale to stir fear in broad daylight.
3. The Langham Hotel, London
If The Langham is the most famously haunted hotel in London, room 333 at this renowned property is the most haunted of all the rooms in the capital. It’s here that many have reported seeing the ghost of a Victorian doctor, who murdered his wife and then took his own life while the pair were honeymooning at the hotel.
The most active of the ghosts at the hotel is said to be that of a German prince or nobleman who was thought to have met his death when he threw himself out of the window of an upper-storey room. Guests have seen his ghostly form moving through walls and closed doors and he is often accompanied by a sudden drop in temperature.
4. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh is thought to be one of the most haunted cities in the entire world. Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s leading tourist attractions, is also thought to be one of the most haunted places in the world. There have been hundreds of reports of paranormal activity in Edinburgh Castle over the years.
Visitors to the castle have reported a drummer with no head, the spirits of French prisoners from the Seven Years War and colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War - and even the ghost of a dog wandering in the grounds\’ dog cemetery. People report witnessing apparitions, feeling unwelcome presences, seeing shadowy figures, being touched by non-human forces, and experiencing sudden temperature changes in and around the castle.
5. Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England
Raynham Hall was built in 1619 by Sir Roger Townsend and many believe that it was designed by Inigo Jones. Much more infamously, the hall is the setting for one of the most famous supposed ghost photos ever taken. In 1936, the photo of a woman called the “Brown Lady” was captured by Country Life magazine, depicting a white figure descending a set of stairs.
Stories of a ghost haunting Raynham Hall started in 1835 — when guests present at a Christmas party in the house described and sketched an apparition dressed in brown — and ran rampant throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s as the hall gained a reputation as one of the most haunted places in England.
6. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
The Hill of crosses is a pilgrimage site located 12km north of the small Siauliai city in northern Lithuania. People have been placing crosses at this spot in northern Lithuania since the 14th century, and for various reasons: Throughout the medieval period, the symbols expressed a desire for Lithuanian independence.
Then, after a peasant uprising in 1831, people began adding to the site in remembrance of dead rebels, and the hill became a place of defiance once again during Soviet occupation from 1944 to 1991. Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990and 100,000 in 2006.
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