Italy’s Poveglia Island ranks on several lists as being one of the most haunted places in the world and has even made appearances on numerous paranormal investigation shows.
The small island, which sits in the Venice lagoon between Venice and Lido, was populated beginning in the year 421.
And in 2010 photographer Ransom Riggs visited the island and captured these amazing pictures.
The island served as a place of refuge from invaders, was at one point a mental asylum, and a quarantine station for ships that became infected by the plague.
Eventually the tiny island’s population plummeted drastically and was completely abandoned by the 14th century.
The island that was once a dumping ground for society’s ills through out the centuries now remains abandoned and haunted to this very day.
In 1630, the Black Death officially swept through Venice having arrived by sea and the island becomes a quarantine colony.
In the 1800s, it was thought that the site became a mental asylum, yet many sources state that this isn’t entirely accurate. Later in 1922, when the hospital officially served as a mental institution, a doctor threw himself from the hospital tower having claimed he had been driven mad by ghosts. Many said experimental procedures and ill treatment of patients occurred throughout the site.
Old tales say grave pits invaded the areas that were traditionally used for growing food. Crews came across this grave pit with remains of more than 1,500 plague victims.
Those who were infected were quickly shoved into grave pits, which were full. With the island overran by the dead, there was no option left but to burn the bodies.
As archaeologists wen’t to work, they discovered unusual skulls with large bricks shoved into their mouths. People believed this would starve would-be “vampires.” Often times, graves had to be reopened for new dead bodies to enter and when workers saw the bloated bodies with blood gushing from their mouths, they assumed the corpses were feeding on other corpses.
The island is off limits to the public and locals fear that if they step foot on the island, they will be cursed. Local fisherman refuse to fish near the area in fear that they will disturb human remains.
Many believe that the ghosts of patients and victims of disease are what haunts the buildings and the island.
EVPs of voices and screaming are often captured. Tales of possessions and dark fleeting shadows have been reported. Ghost Adventures’ host Zack Bagans was thought to have been possessed during a visit with his crew and described it as suddenly becoming over-run by rage. The entire crew reported feelings of spiritual oppression.
Possible Possession (Ghost Adventures Season 3)
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