There are many scary places in the world and a lot of places you don’t want to visit. Places that make you have nightmares at night and give you the chills by day. Many of them have become tourist attractions and draw in thousands of visitors a year. Others you can’t visit and that’s probably a good thing.
Here’s our list of the most terrifying places on earth.
- Snake Island
Snake Island is the nickname for the Brazilian Island Ilha da Queimada Grande. So why did it get the nickname Snake Island? Because it has the highest concentration of venomous snakes in the world. It houses the Golden Lancehead Viper, which can kill a human in under an hour. It’s estimated that there is one snake for every square meter on the island. Because of this tourists aren’t allowed to go there. The only people that ever lived on the island were killed by the snakes.
- Hill of Crosses
The Hill of Crosses is a hill in northern Lithuania with an estimated 100.000 crosses on it. In the 1800s people started putting crosses on the hill when they could not locate the bodies of perished loved ones. When Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1944 people started putting crosses on the hill again as a form of peaceful resistance.
- The catacombs of Palermo
The Catacombs of Palermo is an underground burial crypt in Italy. In 1599 monks started mummifying bodies and putting them in the catacombs. As long as the family paid for a deceased person the body would stay in here. The last burials in the catacombs were in the 1920s. The Catacombs hold the remains of about 8000 people.
- St George’s church
In 1968 the roof of this old church in the Czech Republic collapsed. The locals believed this was a sign of bad luck and abandoned the church. 30 years later local artist Jakub Hadrava made these ghost sculptures and the church is now drawing in visitors from all over the world. The beautifully made sculptures create a scary but intriguing sight.
- Sedlec Ossuary
The Sedlec Ossuary is a Roman Chapel in the Czech Republic. It contain the skeletal remains of 40,000 to 70,000 people. The bones are mostly artistically arranged creating a creepy sight. It’s currently one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Czech Republic. Visiting the Ossuary is possible.
- Mary King’s Close
Mary King’s Close is an underground warren in Edinburgh. It used to be a trade area where the tradesman lived an worked. But in 1645 there was an outbreak of the plague. To contain the plague local council decided that the people who were infected should stay in the close and the healthy should leave. Mary King’s Close is open for tours.
- Hashima Island
Hashima Island is and abandoned island in southern Japan. There were undersea coal mines on Hashima but they were closed in 1974. All the residents left soon after, leaving the island in the hands of nature. Buildings started to deteriorate and some even collapsed. In 2009 the government opened a small portion of the island to tourism. In 2013 Google added the island to Street View: Street View Hashima Island
- The Island of Dolls
On this small island in Mexico you will find hundreds of dolls hanging from the trees. A young girl drowned near the island and to please her spirit island caretaker Don Julian Santana started hanging dolls in the trees. After he passed away in 2001 the island became a tourist attraction and the tourists added many more dolls.
Aokigahara is a forest in central Japan and is one of the most popular places in the world for people to commit suicide. It’s so bad that the Japanese government put up signs asking people to reconsider their actions. In 2010 alone 247 people tried to kill themselves in the forest and 54 succeeded.
- Catacombs of Paris
The Catacombs of Paris are a 200-mile network of caverns and tunnels located under Paris. It’s estimated that the catacombs hold remains of about six million people. The Parisians started burying their deceased in the tunnels because of a lack of space above ground. With bones piled up to the ceiling and skulls everywhere the catacombs really give you the chills. If your going to Paris and want to visit the catacombs, there are tours going down there.