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Spooky Destinations Around the World

Too much of a scaredy cat to bunk up with ghosts but still ready for spine-chilling spooks on vacation? Visit these famous sites around the world known for their haunted, creepy or paranormal residents:

  • Catacombs, Paris: The Catacombs are a series of tunnels winding beneath the city streets that serve as the final resting place for approximately 7 million Parisians. With walls constructed of human bones and skulls, it’s no wonder the underground maze is haunted.
    Opened to public tours since 1867, visitors claim to be touched by unseen hands, the sensation of being followed and cold pockets of air. Tours are offered mornings Tuesday-Friday with reservations through the Musee Carnavalet.
  • Subte Line A, Buenos Aires: After a century of constant use, the tunnels of Argentina’s oldest subway line have been the site of accidents, suicides and even murder. Commuters report passengers on the platform that disappear once on the train. The electricity cuts out as trains pass an abandoned station between the Pasco and Alberti stations, Two workers were killed while building the station and can be seen working on the station or sitting on the platform watching passersby.
  • Tower of London: Constructed in 1078 by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London is considered the most haunted building in England. Countless souls, both guilty and innocent, were executed here, and many never left, including Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey, wives of Henry VIII. 
  • Bran Castle, Transylvania: Better known as Dracula’s Castle, the gothic fortress in the Carpathian Mountains was home to Vlad the Impaler during the 15th century. The forests surrounding the castle were once dotted with the corpses of thousands Dracula’s enemies propped up by spears to warn others daring to defy or attack the ruler. The screams of victims can be heard on the grounds of the castle and visitors report seeing the Count’s spirit in his chambers.
  • The Coliseum, Rome: Used for sporting events and speeches during the height of the Roman Empire, the lives of countless gladiators and slaves ended violently within the walls of one of Italy’s most famous landmarks. Spirits of men and animals can be heard in the holding area under the arena where they waited to die.
  • Aokigahara Forest, Japan: The thick forest at the base of Mount Fuji has been the center of Japanese myths and legends for centuries. Tourists often hear screams believed to be those who disappear in the thick fauna each year.

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Monday, October 31, 2011
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