Haunted Sites Around The World
Stanley Hotel, Colorado
Long before it inspired Stephen King to create his highly-acclaimed film, the Stanley Hotel was already a hotbed of paranormal activity. It was established in 1909 by Freelan Oscar Stanley as a holiday retreat for affluent urbanites like himself. Today, the impressive site is allegedly home to the spirit of FO Stanley himself, along with other former hotel staff and guests who continue to enjoy their stay.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea, New York
This romantic restaurant in New York City’s West Village was once a carriage house of the late Aaron Burr. Through the years, the property has seen itself as a stable and engine house and even a silent film theatre, but still holds remnants that date back to the 1800s. The infamous Burr himself is also rumoured to make occasional appearances.
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Numerous reports of paranormal activity throughout the years have sealed the Edinburgh Castle’s spot in Scotland’s list of most haunted locations. Witnessing shadow-like figures and experiencing drops in temperature are normal occurrences in the castle, whose dungeons once housed prisoners of war.
Forsyth Park, Savannah
The charming city of Savannah is known to be the most haunted city in America, mainly because of the tunnels that run below its surface. Next to the picturesque Forsyth Park was where the Candler Hospital once stood, and here was where thousands died because of Yellow Fever in 1876. These days, it’s not uncommon to see figures that aren’t there once one takes a second look.
Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Having been built in the year 1666, the oldest colonial building in South Africa has borne witness to years of slavery and imprisonment. In the 1700s, Governor Pieter Gysbert van Noordt was cursed after sentencing several men to death and was later found dead in his office on the same day. His restless spirit allegedly haunts the grounds to this day.
Catacombs of Paris, France
In the 18th century, cemeteries in Paris could not withstand the amount of bodies that needed to be buried. This prompted officials to move millions of corpses underground within a 12-year period. Bones were arranged in a decorative fashion, resulting in an intriguing set of skeletons all around.
Poveglia Island, Venice
This small island in northern Italy was used to contain victims of the plague during the Roman Empire. It was then also used as a mental asylum in the 20th century. Screams and bell chimes are said to be heard from the island (despite its bell being removed decades ago), which is now illegal to visit. But, if one dares to do so, know that you will literally set foot on the dead as the soil itself is composed of human ash.