Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
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Halloween Countdown, Day 26

Let's go to some spooky places today!

Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo 3


Listening to the Skeptoid podcast (which I highly recommend) reminded me of its Episode 323: "Eight Spooky Places, And Why They're Like That." Here is the Skeptoid's -- that is, Brian Dunning's -- list of spooky places.

8. Eternal Flames at Jwala Devi Temple (India)
7. New Haven's Cemetery in a Basement (United States)
6. Mapimí Silent Zone or La Zona del Silencio (Mexico)
5. Underground Tomb at Okinawa (Japan)
4. The Skeleton Lake of Roopkund (India)
3. Dead on Display at Capuchin Monastery (Sicily)
2. Skeleton Cleaning at Pomuch Cemetery (Mexico)
1. Zoroastrian Towers of Silence (India, Iran, Pakistan, and various)

For full descriptions and explanations of these eerie locales, check out the transcript of this podcast episode.

Paris Catacombs



I'll add a few more to this list, if you don't mind...

* The Catacombs of Paris (France)
One word: skulls.
* The Grounds and Catacombs of Kensal Green Cemetery (England)
There's something about the way the ground rolls and pitches and seems to be vomiting up the stones and coffins.
* Westminster Burial Ground and Catacombs in Baltimore (United States)
The church was built over the original burial ground to discourage graverobbing. I was fortunate to get the "special tour," which included folding myself double and shuffling in alone where the expert tour guide no longer will go, into the all-but-buried (pardon the pun) Robb family grave area. It was comforting to know Edgar Allan Poe was nearby. My photos don't do the experience justice, but they are here.


Okay, your turn. What other places are spooky, and how did they get that way?
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