Although Halloween took place several days ago, there’s still plenty of time to learn more about the spooky and haunted places all around the world and tell ghosts stories about them around the fire late at night. Whether you’ve heard about these places or not, here are 5 of the world’s freakishly haunted places.
POVEGLIA ISLAND, ITALY
Located near Venice, Italy, this island housed victims of the bubonic plague as it spread throughout Europe. Whoever had the plague or rumored to have the plague in Italy traveled to the island to live out the rest of their lives in quarantine in an attempt to keep the spread of the plague to a minimum in Italy. It stayed in use as a quarantine the sick until the 20th century, when a mental hospital was built to house anyone who had even the slightest signs of sickness. During this time, the head doctor who ran the hospital performed brutal and strange experiments on the patients before falling to his death from the hospital’s bell tower. No one really knows if he jumped, or if he was pushed by the vengeful ghosts of his patients.
Since the hospital closed down several decades ago, the island is now home to vengeful ghosts who still roam around, ringing the bell tower bells (even though it has since been taken down since the hospital closed). The ghosts even exact their revenge on the island’s visitors, who visit illegally since the Italian government banned people from legally visiting due to the soil on the island being 50% human ash and remains.
TOWER OF LONDON, ENGLAND
As one of England’s most haunted places, the Tower of London was built on the north bank of the River Thames in London in 1066 at the end of the Norman Conquest of England. Over the course of 852 years, the tower was used as a prison for the criminals of both London and England. The Tower of London was home to an armory, a treasury, a menagerie, a public record office, the home of the Royal Mint, and the home of the royal family’s Crown Jewels over the years. With a long history of housing prisoners and executions, the Tower of London is home to a number of ghosts and spooky spectors – most notably, Anne Boleyn, Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Pole, the Princes in the Tower, and even the ghost of a bear.
CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE, SOUTH AFRICA
This particular castle was built in Cape Town in the late 1600s by the Dutch East India Company, and is South Africa’s oldest existing colonial building. In addition to being a fort, the building also housed a church, a bakery, workshops, living quarters, shops, and prison cells. Although the fortress was never under attack, several ghosts still haunt the grounds. One ghost is the Lady in Grey, who runs through the castle, crying and holding her face and holding her face in her hands. Another ghost haunting the place is a man who jumps from the castle walls, only to later be seen walking around the grounds. Other ghosts ring the bell tower’s bell and causing unexplained sounds around the grounds.
THE STANLEY HOTEL, COLORADO
Serving as the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel The Shining, The Stanley Hotel easily classifies as one of America’s more haunted attractions. Built in 1909, the hotel is home to several spooky ghosts and haunted rooms. Stephen King and his wife stayed in Room 217 at the end of the hotel’s season, and that room served as the main inspiration for his novel about the hotel. The room is haunted by Elizabeth Wilson, who was injured by a lamp exploding in the room and moves objects around the room. She turns lights on & off, and unpacking luggage. She also amps up antics for unmarried couples staying in the rooms and sleeping in the same bed (she’s old-fashioned, so can you really blame her?).
The hotel’s concert hall also houses quite a good amount of paranormal activities. Several ghosts roam around the hall, turn lights on & off, touch guests, and tell them to “get out.” The hotel’s Grand Staircase is also rumored to be a popular passageway for the ghostly residents. Many of the spirits haunting the hotel spotted in pictures and leaving cold spots for guests using the staircase.
BHANGARH FORT, INDIA
The Bhangarh Fort was built in the 1600s and housed shops, palaces, and temples in addition to the main fort. One legend about the fort tells of how a wizard, powerful in the art of black magic, fell in love with a beautiful princess. He tried to give her a love potion after following her into the fort’s outdoor marketplace, but she rejected the potion and threw it against a large boulder. The boulder loose and ruled onto the wizard, killing him. As the wizard lay dying, he cursed the fort, saying that it would be destroyed soon and everyone living in it killed. Some sources say that the curse included an aspect where those killed could never be reborn, an important aspect of the Indian culture and belief system.
Soon after the wizard’s death, the fort was invaded by the Mughals, who killed everyone and sacked the fort & surrounding city. Local folklore says that this curse is why the fort is haunted, and, among the other ghosts haunting the fort, the wizard and princess still roam the grounds.
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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.