Added on: 18th Dec 2014
OLD JEWISH CEMETERY, PRAGUE
The Old Jewish Cemetery lies in the Josefoy which is the Jewish Quarter
or Prague in the Czech Republic and it was in use from the early 15th
century with Avigdor Kara’s tombstone dating back to 1439 until 1787.
The numbers of grave stones and numbers of people buried there are
uncertain, because there are layers upon layers of tombs. However, it
has been estimated that there are approximately 12,000 tombstones
presently visible, and there may be as many as 100,000 burials in all.
Not surprising, it is said that this cemetery is teaming with paranormal
activity with many claiming to have seen apparitions moving through the
tightly compacted tombstones.
LES CATACOMBES, PARIS
The Catacombs of Paris is an underground ossuary in Paris, France
located south of the former city gate and holds the remains of about six
million people. Due to its peculiar decoration many ghosts and strange
paranormal encounters are said to occur here on a regular basis. These
range from spectral lights appearing in videos to ghostly orbs, mists and
sometimes even shadow spectres walking the corridors and moving
among the piles of bones. You definitely don’t want to be in this
SAINT LOUIS #1, NEW ORLEANS
Saint Louis #1 is the oldest of three Catholic Cemeteries in
New Orleans, Louisiana which has a history of ghost stories. One of
their most active paranormal sites is the Saint Louis #1 Cemetery which
hosts one of the most notorious tombs of all time; that of
Marie Laveau also known as “Grande Voodoo Queen”. Many of the locals
believe that her spirit haunts the graveyard and any and all individuals
who try to disrupt her sleep by trying to awaken her. Now who in their
right mind would want to “awaken” a voodoo queen…or anybody else
for that matter?
LA RECOLETA, BUENOS AIRES
The Recoleta Cemetery is located in the Recoleta neighbourhood in
Buenos Aires, Argentina and is one of the main tourist attractions in
that neighbourhood due to its outstanding display of nineteenth and
twentieth century funerary art and architecture. Of course this
cemetery also has its fair share of ghost stories and paranormal
activity ranging from a ghostly night watchman who took his own life at
the cemetery to a spectral lady dubbed the “The Lady In White”
who frequents the tombs at night.
VALLEY OF THE KINGS, CAIRO, EGYPT
The Valley of the Kings houses Tutankhamen’s grave and its believed
to come with a curse as almost all who participated in the opening of
the grave mysteriously died a few years after. Some scientists hold the
deadly moulds from the tombs maybe the cause but others
believe it is the Egyptian curse for disrupting the tomb of the dead.
CAPUCHIN CRYPT, ROME, ITALY
4000 Capuchin Franciscan friars are housed in this crypt
boasting of an intricate floor to ceiling arrangement of human bones
paired with the crypt’s soil which is supposedly from Jerusalem.
Various bones are utilized in different chapels. For instance, there is
a chapel called “Crypt of the Pelvises” and another one,
“Crypt of the Skulls”. If that’s not enough to freak you out, there is
a solemn reminder underneath a child’s Grim Reaper that states
“What You Are We Once Were Too And What We Are Now,
You Will Be”.
BACHELOR’S GROVE, CHICAGO, USA
Known for being one of the most haunted sites in the United States the
Bachelor’s Grove Chicago cemetery was opened in 1844. The claims of
hauntings peaked in the 1970s and 1980s and ranged from reported
phenomenons such as weird orbs to phantom vehicles. There are
even rumours of a ghostly farmhouse which is said to terrorize
its victims by floating towards its victims then vanishing into thin air.
As late as 1984 witnesses also reported seeing multiple ghostly figures
emerging throughout the cemetery dressed in monk’s robes. And if
that’s not enough, in the 1990s, witnesses reported seeing a black dog
at the cemetery’s entrance which also disappeared when they
attempted to approach it.
CIMITERO DI SAN MICHELE, VENICE, ITALY
After Napoleons’s decree prohibited the burial of bodies in Venice,
the cemetery was set up in the 19th century on the island of San Michele.
Special gondolas delivered remains to the island where they are
buried on a 10 year lease. Needless to say, a whole island given over
to the dead is sure to attract some attention from paranormal buffs and
Cimitero di San Michele is no exception. Tales of ghostly encounters
have been recorded, however no single entity has been labelled.
Nevertheless, for a site dedicated to the dead, it’s only natural
that ghostly convolution reign supreme.
GANGES RIVER, VARANASI, INDIA
Due to its proximity to the Ganges, Varanasi is one of the Hindus’
holiest cities in India. The river stands for spiritual health and purification.
Being cremated on the banks of the river is a great honour. Thousands
of corpses are burned on floating pyres annually and the remains are
left to be swallowed up by the river. Thus, the Ganges is ripe with bacteria
and largely polluted. Unbelievably though, Varanasi people play, bathe, and
wash their clothes here. The burning dead’s acceptance into the daily lives
of the people is as fascinating as it is eerie.