Through the lens: 20 paranormal places

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With Halloween just around the corner we thought we’d take you on a photo tour of sites around the world that are famous for paranormal activity. If you don’t mind ghostly apparitions and spooky noises then maybe you should add some of these places to your bucket list. From well-known tourist attractions to places you’ve probably never heard of, we take a look through the lens at 20 haunted spots around the world.

1. Linda Vista Hospital

USA

LINDA VISTA HOSPITAL (Photo: Neil Kremer)

LINDA VISTA HOSPITAL (Photo: Neil Kremer)

Constructed in 1904 the hospital has been abandoned for the past 20 years. The peeling paint, broken windows, rusty beds and mysteriously wet floors, only add to the creepy atmosphere. Thanks to numerous stories of ghostly encounters, the derelict hospital has been the subject of a number of paranormal investigation shows. Developers plan to turn the hospital into a apartment complex for seniors.

2. Kasteel van Mesen

Belgium

KASTEEL VAN MESEN (Photo: Niek Beck)

KASTEEL VAN MESEN (Photo: Niek Beck)

Kasteel van Mesen is a crumbling castle located in Lede, Belgium. The current building dates back to 1628 and has been left to rot for three decades. The overgrown, collapsing building is an eerily beautiful place, which some say is haunted. Whether it is haunted or not, you’ll definitely be left with an eerie feeling wandering the crumbling halls of the castle.

3. Tower of London

England

TOWER OF LONDON (Photo: Duncan Harris)

TOWER OF LONDON (Photo: Duncan Harris)

It’s one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, but it has a very dark history. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for the executions, tortures, hangings and beheadings that took place on this site. Visitors to the Tower of London have reported seeing the ghosts of Ann Boleyn, who was beheaded in 1539, and Lady Jane Grey.

4. Leopard Inn in Burslem

England

THE LEOPARD INN (Photo: Mike Crisp)

THE LEOPARD INN (Photo: Mike Crisp)

Stoke-on-Trent’s Leopard Inn holds many hidden secrets. Recently discovered tunnels under the inn have drawn paranormal investigators from around the world. Visitors can join a guided ghost tour, but be warned, people have reported bricks being thrown by unseen hands, and doors opening and closing on their own. The ghost of Molly Leigh, who was accused of witchcraft and hung in 1748, also reportedly roams the halls.

5. Villa de Vecchi

Italy

VILLA DE VECCHI (Photo: Jeff Kerwin)

VILLA DE VECCHI (Photo: Jeff Kerwin)

Known as “the ghost mansion”, Villa de Vecchi is nestled in the mountains east of Lake Como. The Baroque mansion is said to be haunted by the ghost of Count de Vecchi, who killed himself in 1862 after coming home to find his wife murdered and his daughter missing. The chilling past and the dereliction and decay of the mansion is what attracts explorers and paranormal fan to this abandoned building.

6. Highgate Cemetery

England

HIGHGATE CEMETERY (Photo: Anders B.)

HIGHGATE CEMETERY (Photo: Anders B.)

Eerie ivy-covered crooked gravestones, headless angels and Gothic architecture makes Highgate Cemetery look like something out of a horror movie. The numerous ghost sightings have made Highgate Cemetery Britain’s number one ghost spot.

7. Paris Catacombs

France

PARIS CATACOMBS (Photo: Sharat Ganapati)

PARIS CATACOMBS (Photo: Sharat Ganapati)

Under the streets of Paris you’ll find a maze of tunnels with the remains of about 6 million people. The halls and caverns are surrounded by walls of carefully arranged human bones. The catacombs are one of The City of Paris’ Museums and if you don’t mind chilling paranormal experiences you can take guided tours of what is recognized as one of the most haunted places in the world.

8. Aokigahara Forest

Japan

AOKIGAHARA (Photo: Simon le Nippon)

AOKIGAHARA (Photo: Simon le Nippon)

At the base of beautiful Mount Fiji, you’ll find one of the most infamous forests in the world. Aokigahara is exceptionally quiet, which may be why it’s knows as “the perfect place to die”. In 2004 Aokigahara saw a record 108 suicides. The forest is reportedly haunted by the Yūrei (angry spirits) of old women abandoned and left to die in an ancient Japanese practice called ubasute.

9. The Colosseum

Italy

COLOSSEUM (Photo: Moyan Brenn)

COLOSSEUM (Photo: Moyan Brenn)

The Colosseum is one of Italy’s top tourist attractions, but it has a very dark history. In Roman times it was the site of Gladiator fights as well as religious persecution where martyrs were killed by lions. Today Colosseum guards as well as visitors have reported seeing apparitions and hearing clashing swords, screaming and crying.

10. Mohatta Palace

Pakistan

MOHATTA PALACE (Photo: Fantaz)

MOHATTA PALACE (Photo: Fantaz)

Located in the city of Karachi, Mohatta Palace was built in the late 1920s as a private residence. Today the palace is a museum that is reportedly haunted by ghosts of the British Raj era. Museum tour guides have seen objects moving and museum guards have felt the presence of something paranormal.

11. Edinburgh Vaults

Scotland

EDINBURGH VAULTS (Photo: Andrea Vail)

EDINBURGH VAULTS (Photo: Andrea Vail)

The Vaults are actually a series of chambers located in arches of Edinburgh’s South Bridge. Visitors can take Ghost tours of the haunted vaults, which have been the subject of many paranormal television series. Visitors have reported seeing many ghostly apparitions, the most famous of which is the ghost of a man with no face.

12 Preston Castle

USA

PRESTON CASTLE (Photo: Kevin Cortopassi)

PRESTON CASTLE (Photo: Kevin Cortopassi)

Located in California, Preston School of Industry was built in 1890 for juvenile offenders and has seen it’s fair share of torture, disease, shootings and even a bludgeoning. Although it’s not open to the public, Preston Castle does offer guided tours and overnight stays.

13. The White House

USA

THE WHITE HOUSE (Photo: John Haslam)

THE WHITE HOUSE (Photo: John Haslam)

Although it may not be an abandoned building, the White House is said to be a hot spot for ghosts. Many of America’s former presidents are said to roam the halls. President Harrison has been seen rummaging in the attic, and President Jackson has been seen in what was his bedroom. The most common sighting has been of President Lincoln.

14. Edinburgh Castle

Scotland

EDINBURGH CASTLE (Photo: Robert Moore)

EDINBURGH CASTLE (Photo: Robert Moore)

Edinburgh has more than just haunted vaults. Edinburgh Castle is supposed to be haunted by a phantom piper, a headless drummer, as well as the ghosts of French and American Revolutionary War prisoners. There is reportedly even the ghost of a dog that has been seen in the dog cemetery in the castle grounds.

15. Waverly Hills Sanatorium

USA

WAVERLY HILLS SANATORIUM (Photo: Aaron)

WAVERLY HILLS SANATORIUM (Photo: Aaron)

There is something creepy about abandoned sanatoriums, and Waverly Hills is a perfect example. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the sanatorium was opened in 1910 as a tuberculosis hospital. Paranormal investigators have reported strange phenomena including, whispers, unexplained shadows, screams and fleeting apparitions. The two-story hospital is touted as one of the most haunted places in the USA.

16. Predjama Castle

Slovenia

PREDJAMA CASTLE (Photo: Ciaran Roarty)

PREDJAMA CASTLE (Photo: Ciaran Roarty)

Predjama Castle was a Renaissance castle which is perched high in the mountains, near the mouth of a cave in the Inner Carniola region of Slovenia. The picturesque castle has a long history of violence which is apparent when you see the torture chamber and the door in the courtroom which leans to a 63-meter deep vertical cave, at the bottom of which lie human remains. Visitors and staff have reported feeling sudden temperature changes as well as hearing footsteps and whispers.

17. Bhangarh

India

BHANGARH FORT (Photo: A Frequent Traveller)

BHANGARH FORT (Photo: A Frequent Traveller)

Bhangarh is an abandoned town located in Rajasthan, India. Bhangarh Fort was built in 1613, although it has been abandoned since the 1700s. Legend has it that an evil magician placed a curse of death on the fort when he couldn’t be with the beautiful Princess Ratnavati, whilst others believe the town was cursed by the Guru Balu Nath. Locals are so convinced that the fort is haunted that tourists are not allowed access between sunset and sunrise.

18. Leap Castle

Ireland

LEAP CASTLE (Photo: Michelle)

LEAP CASTLE (Photo: Michelle)

Leap Castle has a turbulent history of massacres and murders and said to be haunted by vengeful spirits. Visitors to the castle have reported strange phenomena in what is called “The Bloody Chapel”. Although the castle is privately owned there are guided tours for those who have a penchant for the paranormal.

19. The Whaley House

USA

WHALEY HOUSE (Photo: Gregg O'Connell)

WHALEY HOUSE (Photo: Gregg O’Connell)

If you like weird and somewhat terrifying experiences then you should visit Whaley House in California. The Greek Revival style house was built in 1857 and is a historical landmark. The house is reportedly haunted by ghosts, including James “Yankee Jim” Robinson, who had been killed on the property.

20. The Myrtles Plantation

USA

MYRTLES PLANTATION (Photo: Corey Balazowich)

MYRTLES PLANTATION (Photo: Corey Balazowich)

Built in 1796, the Myrtles Plantation in Louisianna is touted as one of America’s most haunted homes. The plantation house is reportedly haunted by several ghosts including that of a slave named Chloe (sometimes called Cleo). Visitors can take a guided history and mystery tour of Myrtles Plantation.

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