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The Creepiest Places to Visit in the World

The Creepiest Places to Visit in the World

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Getaway Staff
Updated: Oct 1, 2021

If you’re a fan of some dark tourism or just love giving yourself a dose of the heebie-jeebies, there really are some spine-tingling places on Earth. Visit if you dare — some locations might leave you with goosebumps long after you come back home.

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01Pripyat, Ukraine

old broken autodrome after catastrophe in the pripyat Michal Plášil / Getty Images

Once a town filled with workers from the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, Pripyat was evacuated 36 hours after the disaster and has been a ghost town ever since. Residents and left many precious possessions behind, making the city a total time capsule. Even the amusement park remains stationary to this day.

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02Capuchin Catacombs, Italy

View of the catacombs located underneath the Capuchin monastery in Rome, 1880s. Transcendental Graphics / Getty Images

In one of the most macabre locations in Italy, the living and the dead share the same space at the Capuchin Catacombs. Rumour has it there are close to 8,000 corpses lining the walls underneath the Capuchin Monastery because they ran out of room to bury bodies in the 16th century. Corpses were preserved by drying them out, and many still wear their finest clothes.

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03Poveglia Island, Italy

A ruined Hospital lies crumbling on the abandoned and supposedly haunted Poveglia Island in Italy.

Poveglia Island has managed to become haunted in practically every way you could imagine. During the plague, the small island was used as a quarantine location, and over 160,000 people are said to have lived out their final days there. As much as 50% of the soil has been estimated to be human remains. As if that wasn’t enough, in the 1920s, a mental hospital was built there where a doctor conducted brutal experiments on the patients.

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04Nagoro, Japan

MIYOSHI, JAPAN - APRIL 22: A man walks past a shelter containing dolls that are hand-made and placed around the village by local resident Tsukimi Ayano to replace the dwindling local population on April 22, 2016 in Nagoro village, in Miyoshi, Japan. Likely more dolls than the number of inhabitants are placed around the village called "Kakashi No Sato". According to Japan's Statistic Bureau, the percentage of people over 65 years old in Japan is 26.8% while that of the the world is 8.2%. The National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Tokyo, Japan's population, now around 128 million, is expected to dip below 100 million in 2046. Carl Court / Getty Images

The aging population of Nagoro, Japan, is quickly declining. One local artist, Ayano Tsukimi, returned to the village and decided to create a life-sized doll of every villager who either died or moved away. There are now 350 dolls but fewer than 40 actual villagers in Nagoro.

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05North Yungas Road, Bolivia

YUNGAS, BOLIVIA - DECEMBER 21: A van descends past a series of crosses marking the site of fatal accidents on the road connecting the city of La Paz to the Coroico in the North Yungas December 21, 2005 in the Yungas, Bolivia. Referred to as the Worlds Most Dangerous Road (WMDR) by the Inter-American Development Bank, the road, a narrow dirt track, descends nearly 11,800 ft. in just 40 miles. With no other options currently available, vehicles are forced to drive it, resulting in hundreds of annual deaths as trucks, buses and passenger cars fall thousands of feet down. Bolivia, the poorest country in Latin America, has just elected Evo Morales as President, bringing a sense of hope that infrastructure and living conditions will finally improve. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Otherwise known as Death Road, it’s clear why this winding mountain road in Bolivia is here. The road was made by Paraguayan Prisoners of War to connect La Paz with Las Yungas. Before a new route was made, approximately 300 people died on the road each year.

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06The Island of the Dolls, Mexico

Hundreds of decomposing dolls line the trees on La Isla de las Muñecas just south of Mexico City. According to legend, the first doll was hung in the trees after a resident of the island found a young girl drowned and hung up her doll as an offering to her spirit.

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07Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

Chandelier made of bones and skulls in Sedlec ossuary (Kostnice), Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Between 40,000 and 70,000 skeletons make up everything from chalices, candelabras, pyramids, and candleholders in Sedlec Ossuary. There are so many skeletons in the monastery because it became such a popular burial site in the 13th century that there simply wasn’t enough space to fit all the bodies.

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08Helltown, United States

Helltown, Ohio, is rife with urban legends. Some say the town was populated with Satanists who still try and ensnare unknowing visitors. Others claim that the town was abandoned after a chemical spill caused the residents to mutate. Even the old school bus was apparently the site of a gruesome murder.

 

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09Aokigahara, Japan

Beautiful forest covert by a dark story, many people go to Aokigahara to sadly end there lifes Collin Arts / Getty Images

A forest with a truly tragic reputation, Aokigahara is known in Japan as a place people go to take their own life. Spiritualists believe that the suicides have become a part of the forest and generate paranormal activity. The trees are covered in signs reading “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” as well as blue string, which trekkers use to find their way back in the dense trees, giving the forest an eerie atmosphere.

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10Hanging Coffins of Sagada, Philippines

For 2,000 years, the elderly in Sagada carve their own coffins from hollowed logs. When the person dies, instead of being placed in the ground, the coffin is hung from the side of a cliff. The belief is that the higher the dead are, the greater chance of their spirits reaching a higher nature in the afterlife.

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