There are many stories about cemeteries. We’ve all heard them at one point or another in our lives.
They’re eerie and mystical all at the same time. The spookiness they exude is just enough to spark our curiosity and frighten us just a tad.
Although it isn’t Halloween just yet, here are 25 cemeteries that are guaranteed to creep you out.
1. Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague
Dating back to the 15th century, this old Jewish Cemetery lies in the Jewish Quarter of Prague in the Czech Republic. The numbers of gravestones and the number of people buried here cannot be measured. The layers upon layers of tombs makes it nearly impossible to know.
Some say there are 12,000 tombstones that are visible however, there could very well be 100,000 burials in all. The cemetery has enlisted paranormal activity investigators to investigate apparitions that have been seen moving around the tombs.
2. Les Catacombes, Paris
The famous Catacombs of Paris holds the remains of six million people. Paranormal incidents and ghostly encounters appear on a regular basis.
3. Saint Louis, New Orleans
Saint Louis #1 is home to the voodoo queen by the name of Marie Laveau. The “Grande Voodoo Queen” is said to haunt the graveyard as well as any individual who attempts to disrupt her sleep by attempting to “awaken” her. Saint Louis #1 is one of three Catholic Cemeteries in New Orleans.
4. Valley of the Kings, Cairo, Egypt
It’s believed that there is a mysterious curse that surrounds Tutankhamen’s grave. The grave likes in the Valley of the Kinds and shortly after scientists opened the grave, they died. Some say it could have been from the deadly molds within the tombs but others still believe it was an old Egyptian curse for disrupting the tomb of the dead.
5. Capuchin Crypt, Rome, Italy
Here lies 4,000 Capuchin Franciscan friars in a crypt compiled of human bones from the floor to the ceiling.
6. Bachelor’s Grove, Chicago, USA
This place is known as being one of the most haunted places in the United States. Bachelor’s Grove opened in 1844 but the claims of hauntings came around the 1970s and 1980s.
7. Cimitero di San Michele, Venice, Italy
This place was selected to become a cemetery in 1807 when the burial of bodies was banned in Venice as it was deemed too unsanitary. The entire island is dedicated to the dead and although no specific entities have been labeled, ghostly encounters have been recorded.
8. Ganges River, Varanasi, India
Thousands of corpses are burned and left to float into oblivion on the banks of the Ganges. To the people of India, the Ganges represents health and purification which is why cremated remains are left to the river. Although the river is filled with bacteria and corpses, the people of Varanasi continue to bathe, play and wash their clothes in the Ganges.
9. Highgate Cemetery, London, England
The original author of Dracula, Bram Stoker is said to have been inspired by the creepiness of the Highgate Cemetery while he was writing. The cemetery is 37 acres and inhabits London’s woodland. It is said that there are approximately 170,000 people buried in around 53,000 graves at Highgate Cemetery.
Many prominent figures of the Victorian age buried here and the most notable reside of the eastern part of Highgate.
10. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland
A restless spirit by the name of “Bluidy” haunts one of Scotland’s most haunted cemeteries. George Mackenzie (Bluidy) was buried here in 1961 and is a violent poltergeist. It is said that the “Mackenzie Poltergeist” causes bruising, bites and even cuts those who come into contact with him.
11. Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
Glasnevin Cemetery is home to 1.5 million bodies. The 120 acre graveyard is haunted by a Newfoundland dog. John McNeill Boyd’s faithful canine died from starving and it supposedly has refused to leave its owner’s graveside.
12. Howard Street Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts
Salem, Massachusetts is believed to be the USA’s most haunted town due to the Salem witch trials. In 1692 a known resident of the town by the name of Giles Corey died from torture at the site when he refused to admit guilt or innocence involving witchcraft.
It is said that with his last breath, he put a curse on the town. Legend has it that Corey appeared days leading up to the 1914 Great Fire. People still claim they see his ghost walk among the graves.
13. Stull Cemetery, Stull, Kansas
Known as one of the “Gates to Hell,” this site is said to be among the Seven Portals to get to hell. A famous superstition states that if you knock on a rock in the church’s rubble pile, Satan himself will answer you. The cemetery is the site of the final confrontation of the Apocalypse in the “Swan Song” episode of season five of the television series Supernatural.
14. Witches Cemetery, Tennessee, USA
It maybe one of the lesser known US cemeteries but this Tennessee backwoods graveyard is among the state’s oldest. Weathered jagged stones mark the dead’s resting place. Peculiarly, there are pentagrams etched into the stone grave markers which are said to contain the witch’s evil powers.
There are also numerous claims about strange lights in the woods at night with others claiming to find animals that have been sacrificed in rituals on the graveyard’s grounds.
15. La Noria Cemetery, Chile
La Noria is an abandoned mining town with a horrific history revolving around forced labor and slavery abuse. The grave yard consists of open graves and exposed bones. Eyewitnesses have reported that when the sun goes down, the dead rise from their graves and begin walking toward the abandoned mining town.
Locals of Chile have also reported seeing children inside the abandoned schools as if they where attending class.
16. Sedlec Ossuary Near Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, Czech Republic. It’s estimated to contain the skeletons of anywhere between 40,000 and 70,000 people whose bones have been used to create decorations and furnishings for the chapel.
17. Gladiator Graveyard, Ephesus, Turkey
The Gladiator Graveyard contains the mixed remains of about 67 individuals, all which where under the age of 30. The gladiators would often battle each other, wild animals, and even condemned criminals for the amusement of the people watching. Surprisingly, no real mention of paranormal activity has been recorded, but when you think about what went on here…. it’s pretty creepy.
18. The Merry Graveyard, Sapanta, Romania
Master woodcarver Stan Ioan Patras, during the 1930′s, carved a picture for each person that died and mounted it to the grave. The carving showed how they died along with a short poem written about the person.
19. La Recoleta, Buenos Aires
The Recoleta Cemetery, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is one of the main tourist attractions in the neighborhood due to its incredible display of nineteenth- and twentieth-century funerary art and architecture.
The cemetery also has its fare share of ghost stories and paranormal activity ranging from a ghostly night watchman who took his own life at the cemetery…. to a ghost dubbed the “The Lady In White” who roams the tombs at night.
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