Here are some of the top creepiest, scariest places in the world. Most of these unexplained places are haunted by ghosts and straight out of a horror movie. Check out the spooky Aokigahara Forest, the weird Poveglia Island, the scary Chapel of Bones, the haunted Old Jewish Cemetary, the dangerous Leap Castle, the mysterious Overtoun Bridge and the creepy Capuchin Catacombs.
Japan The Aokigahara Forest is so thick with foliage that it is known as the Sea of Trees. Countless visitors travel here with no intention of leaving. About 100 people a year go to Suicide Forest to commit suicide, mostly by hanging themselves. The forest is naturally eerie with trees that twist and turn, their roots winding across the forest floor in treacherous threads. Because of its location at the base of a mountain, the ground is uneven, rocky, and perforated with hundreds of caves. It is described as extremely still and silent, and the trees are tightly packed together and block the wind and wildlife are sparse. Officials put up signs with messages like, “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult with the police before you decide to die,” to dissuade people from killing themselves. Despite their efforts, every year the number of suicides in the forest increases. Police and volunteers trek through the Sea of Trees to bring bodies back to civilization for a proper burial. If you dare to venture into this forbidding forest, do as the signs suggest and stay on the path or you may find something you may not want to see.
Italy With several hundred years of cruel death on its hands, stepping foot on Poveglia Island is a sure way to scare yourself stupid.The final rest-less place of thousands of diseased, murderous and insane people, Poveglia is the convergence of everything we know about evil. Poveglia is a small island near Venice that was used as a quarantine for possibly 150,000 people with the plague from 1793 to 1814. Their bodies were buried in mass graves or burned and it is said that the soil is 50% human ashes, perfect for gardening. Napoleon also used it to store weapons. In the 20s, a mental hospital was built to welcome anybody that showed symptoms of any sort of sickness, physical or mental. It was run by a doctor rumored to have tortured and killed many of his patients before he finally jumped out of the asylum’s bell tower to his death. There are no boats that make regular stops at the island. The Italian tourism board prohibits visiting the island and requires a lengthy application process, where you must obtain approval before you can go to the human ash-covered island. But as with most things, for the right price you can hire someone with a boat to take you over there, no approval necessary. It was apparently leased by an Italian Businessman in 2014 named Luigi (of course) and he is still trying to decide what to do with it.
Chapel of Bones
Portugal There is a church in the Portuguese City of Evora. Inside this church, is the frightful “Capela dos Ossos” or the Chapel of Bones. This peculiar chapel (to say the least) was built in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The story goes that there were three monks who were in charge of the planning and building of the chapel, and their goal was for their fellow monks to contemplate the ephemeral, volatile, and transitory nature of life. I think it worked!! Geez. Apparently, it was quite a popular idea because there are many chapels made out of bones all over Europe. At the time of the Chapel of Bones’ construction, the city’s two Franciscan cemeteries were overflowing and the remains had to be exhumed to create more space. That’s when they thought to create a chapel with the bones and skulls serving as decoration for the walls, columns, arches, and domes. Um yeah, great idea! Creepy much??It is estimated that at least 5,000 cadavers were used in construction. To access the Chapel of Bones, you must pass through a door with the following message written over the threshold: We bones, are here, waiting for yours.
In addition to the thousands of human bones that decorate the chapel, there are two human mummies hanging from one of the walls. One of the corpses is a man, and the other is a young child. Although their identities remain unknown, apparently they were found together and then hung there. One legend has it that they were father and son and the son mistreated his mother, in an act of which the father was accomplice. When the mother was dying she is thought to have cursed them both. Another legend claims that the man was an adulterer and the child his sinful offspring.