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The 7 scariest places in the world

Let’s venture into the darkness of certain spine-chilling places in the world… Who has never succumbed to the urge to see a horror movie, or venture into a haunted house, knowing that the experience would be trying? The world is home to spooky places that arouse great fascination. Do you dare to visit them?

1. The Island of the Dolls in Mexico (La Isla de las Muñecas)

In the canals of Xochimilco, in the heart of Mexico City, lies this eerie little island populated by sinister dolls clinging to trees. Their presence in this place dates back to the 1950s and the cause is no less sinister: its owner at the time, Julián Santana, after the drowning of a young girl in the waters of the canal, began to experience supernatural. Overcome by fear, he undertakes to hunt the spirit of the young woman by hanging dolls all over the island. We do not know if the operation worked as planned, but given the interest of tourists for this place, it would not be surprising if the spirit of the young girl fled to a less frequented place.

2. The Chapel of Bones in Portugal (Capela dos Ossos)

Vanity of vanities, everything is vanity! A very fashionable slogan in the 16th century, whose strangest architectural manifestation is this small chapel attached to the Church of San Francisco, in the Portuguese city of Évora. Visitors can feel this unique atmosphere as soon as they arrive at the entrance, which bears the inscription “We, the bones that are here, await you”. And there are bones! It is estimated that up to 5,000 skeletons were needed to cover the walls and 8 columns of this unusual chapel.


3. Bomarzo in Italy

Bomarzo is a small town of barely 2,000 inhabitants which has one of the most disconcerting spaces in all of Italy, it is the Monster Park. In this place are many giant sculptures with obscure meaning. Its promoter was the aristocrat Pier Francesco Orsini, a cursed figure of the Renaissance, in a way. He is described as a deformed, hunchbacked man who devoted his life to esoteric creations and magic. The Monster Park is half an hour’s drive from Rome, here’s a good excuse to come back and visit the Italian capital!

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4. Belchite in Spain

Belchite is a small Aragonese town that was completely devastated during one of the deadly battles of the civil war. After the war, Belchite was left in ruins as a memorial and a new village was built nearby. Visiting these ruins is always a moving experience, especially because you can walk through streets with collapsed buildings, pass through churches with broken vaults and feel the distress of the place. Reports of paranormal events even attracted a group of journalists to conduct a sound recording experiment in the middle of the night. Since then, Belchite has attracted tourists fond of macabre stories.

Belchite Battlefield

5. The mummy of little Zolika in Hungary

Zolika was the son of Hungarian scientist and embalmer Lajos Arányi. A great specialist in autopsies, he would have created up to 3,500 anatomical specimens. When his young son died, his grief was so great that he decided to embalm him. Some stories claim he kept it behind a display case in his office for most of his life. Contemplating this infant mummy can be a very destabilizing experience. If you still want to give it a try, you can see Zolika at the Budapest Natural History Museum.

6. Moosham Castle in Austria

As a list of spooky places should contain at least one castle, here is Moosham Castle in Unternberg. It would seem that executions of witches took place within these walls. Some people also claim that a werewolf lived there. Moosham Castle is now a museum of folk art and antique furniture, where, no doubt, a few ghosts lurk.

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7. Magaluf in Spain

Better to be warned before visiting this city located on the island of Majorca. In summer, the city is invaded by excessive and alcoholic tourism which transforms it into a somewhat gloomy amusement park. The stories of parties that end badly abound and continue to attract the tabloid press. As you will have understood, Magaluf has a rather obscure reputation.

So, tempted by one of these unusual and somewhat frightening experiences?

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