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”. Can anything be creepier?
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 rumors 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 deliver 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 labeled. Nevertheless, for a site dedicated to the dead, its 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 honor. Thousand 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.
Highgate Cemetery, London, England
This Victorian era cemetery spans 37 acres of London’s overgrown woodland. It sports spectacular statues of people, animals as well as angels, in different states of decay. The Highgate Cemetery highlights the obsession of the Victorian era with ancient Egyptians, perhaps due to the fascination of both cultures with death. The cemetery’s main walkway is aptly called Egyptian Avenue and has a couple of foreboding obelisks. The original Dracula author Bram Stoker is said to have been inspired by the ambient creepiness of the Highgate Cemetery while he was writing.