This hellish pit is actually the fault of man. Back in 1971, Soviet geologists drilled into this area looking for oil, only to find that they were drilling into a giant gas crater. The ground collapsed beneath them and was eventually lit on fire in hopes of consuming the potentially poisonous gasses being emitted. However, more than 40 years later, that fire is still burning. Welcome to the gates of hell, tourists.
The Island of the Dolls is a two-hour canal ride from Mexico City, hidden deep in the woods where Julian Santana Barrera once lived. Barrera lived the life of a hermit in his later years after he discovered the body of a drowned girl and her doll floating in the canal. Barrera felt guilty for the girl's death and hung her doll from a tree to appease her spirit. He claimed to hear her voice, screams and tormented soul until Barerra was found drowned in the same canal years later. Now a tourist spot run by his family, people come to the Island of the Dolls and contribute their own dolls, reporting to hear eerie whisperings and noises on the island.
Fifty thousand residents were evacuated from the city of Pripyat, Ukraine the day after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Now a ghost town overgrown with trees and wildlife, the city stands in an eerie state of frozen time. It is illegal to take any artifacts from the site for fear of nuclear contamination, so the city stands stuck in 1986. Creepy.
In the 16th century, there were more than 43 cemeteries surrounding the Capela dos Ossos in Evora, Portugal. Needing the land, monks built a chapel to relocate and house the bones. The chapel was meant to be a place of reflection and contemplation on death, evidenced by the massive display of human bones and the corpses of an adult and a child hanging from a wall next to a cross.
With more than 200 miles of tunnels just beneath the surface of the City of Lights, the Paris catacombs hold the bones of up to 6 million bodies. During the 17th century, the crowded city barely had enough room for its living, let alone its dead. The system of tunnels beneath the city had been established since the 13th century, and so the 12-year project began to move the bodies into the catacombs. Today, one mile of the catacomb is open to the public for tours, and cataphiles illegally explore the rest of the tunnels. With a chilling temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit and bones arranged in eerily neat patterns and sculptures, the catacombs are not for the faint of heart.
Japan's Aokigahara Forest sits near the base of Mount Fuji, a glorious and dense woodland with a sinister side. Often referred to as Suicide Forest, Aokigahara Forest is the site of up to 100 deaths per year. As the police can only patrol once a year due to the forest's density, this leaves the bodies of those who have taken their own lives to decay in this eerie, lonely forest.
The Igorot people have laid their dead to rest for 2,000 years in small wooden coffins hung from the side of a cliff. The Hanging Coffins of Sagada are thought to protect the dead from being disturbed by animals and/or enemies. It is also believed to be an easier ascent to heaven for the deceased. While this practice is slowly dying out, the small coffins continue to hold the bones and decaying bodies of the Igorot people, hanging peacefully, albeit eerily, from the cliffs of Sagada.
8. House Of The Bulgarian Communist Party "” Bulgaria
After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the House of the Bulgarian Communist Party sat in disarray like something out of a science fiction film. Perched atop Mount Buzludzha, the structure is abandoned now with the roofcompletelystripped of panelling by thieves, leaving the inside vulnerable to the elements. The Bulgarian government doesn't have the funds to restore the building for tourists, but the brave trespass anyway.
The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and was lauded as the height of western luxury with its electric lights, telephones, bathrooms, automobiles and full service staff in the middle of the majestic wilderness of Estes Park, Colorado. The inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining, the Stanley Hotel is said to be haunted by F.O. and Flora Stanley, the hotel's original owners who can be heard playing the piano and seen surveying the billiards tables.
10. Cambridge Military Hospital "” Aldershot, England
This military hospital was famous for pioneering plastic surgery for soldiers who survived World War I's bloody Battle of the Somme. The Cambridge Military Hospital at Aldershot was used until the Gulf War in the 1990s and was closed in 1996. Only the eerie ruins remain of a once flourishing hospital.
Czech artist Jakub Hadrava was hired to create something that would bring tourism to St. George's church in Lukova, Czech Republic. The medieval building now sees thousands of tourists who come from all over the world to see the church built in 1352, filled with plaster ghosts made by Hadrava. The ghosts are meant to represent German churchgoers from pre-World War II when the church was a regular Sunday gathering place.
Once home to a bustling mining community, Hashima Island fell into ruins when the mine closed in 1974. The island is home to decaying restaurants, a hospital, a school and a thriving tourism business, with people coming from near and far to see the eerie abandoned island. They even have a terrifying website where you can take an online haunted tour via GoogleMaps. No thank you.
Construction started on San Zhi in 1978 but was halted just two years later when a series of fatal accidents put a stop to building the futuristic resort town marketed towards American military officers. The futuristic pod houses are referred to as the UFO houses and can be visited today.
Built as a tuberculosis sanatorium in the late 1800s, the Beelitz-Heilstatten Hospital famously treated Adolf Hitler for his war wounds in 1916 and now stands in ruins after it was abandoned in 2000. Now growing into the thick surrounding forest, the hospital is a creepy reminder of days gone by.