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60 Top Most Scariest, Haunted and Mysterious places in the World


This is a list of some of the most haunted places in the World. If you feel the list is incomplete suggest your candidate for a mysterious and haunted place.












1. Carnac


Location: France

Carnac stones or Karnag in Breton is ancient archaeological site located in Morbihan department of France. It is situated near a village of Carnac and La TrinitŽ-sur-Mer in Brittany. It is famous for its massive megalithic structures that is spread over large area. The Menhirs or freestanding stones are aligned in geometric forms and it is similar to that of Stonehenge across the English channel. In total there have been located over 3000 stones of different sizes and complexity of the alignments.





2. Wolf's Lair

Location: Poland

Wolf's Lair is an abandoned military headquarters for the high command of the Third Reich including Adolf Hitler. It is one of the most famous of Fuhrer headquarters or Fuhrerhauptquartier. Wolf's Lair is the site of failed attempt to assassinate Hitler on July 20, 1944. Today its ruins are open to the public.


Wolf's Lair


3. Paricutin Volcano

Location: Mexico

Paricutin Volcano is located in the Mexican states of Michoacan. It is a very young volcano that was born in 1943. Local peasant Dionisio Puli reported strange noises from underneath the ground on February 5th then he worked in his cornfields. This was followed by rumble and quakes. Paricutin volcano started erupting suddenly on February 20, 1943. The next day Dionisio with his wife, son and neighbor discovered a 10 meter high cone of a new volcano. Very quickly the land of Dionisio Puli lost all its value and began to disappear under tons of ash and lava. In the first year Paricutin Volcano grew to 336 meters (1100 feet) burying the villages of Paricutin and San Juan Parangaricutiro. In the next 8 years of eruption lava spread over 25 sq km (16 sq mi) forcing local residents to flee the region. Paricutin Volcano reached its height of 424 meters (1390 feet) and stopped in 1952. The Paricutin is a monogenic volcano which means that it is probably will not erupt again. People moved from the region leaving ghost towns. No deaths were attributed to either lava or gases that were emitted in the process of eruption. The most famous landmark near Paricutin Volcano itself is the church of San Juan Parangaricutiro.


Paricutin Volcano


4. Museo Leon Trotsky

Location: Mexico

Museo León Trotsky in a museum is devoted to Leo Davidovich Trotsky, a Russian- Jewish revolutionary who once lived here. After Russian Revolution of 1917 Leo Trotsky was second in command after Vladimir Lenin, but with death of the first Soviet leader and ascension of Joseph Stalin his luck turned on him. He was kicked out of the party he helped to create and eventually he had to flee. Mexico was assumed to be a safe location due to its isolation from Europe and USSR, but he underestimated vigilance of Stalin. On May 24th 1940 GPU (Soviet Secret Police) agent Iosif Grigulevich, Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros and Vittorio Vidale attempted to kill Leo Trotsky. The plot failed, but young bodyguard Robert Sheldon Harte was abducted by the assailants and subsequently killed. Just three months later on August 20th, 1940 NKVD agent and a Stalinist Ramon Mercader finally finished the revolutionary with an ice axe. Leo Trotsky survived the initial attack, but doctor could not safe his life. He died the next day.


Museo Leon Trotsky


5. Ohio State Reformatory

Location: USA

Ohio State Reformatory is a former prison situate in a small town of Mansfield, Ohio Despite it small size made history as a filming location of The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Besides the Ohio State Reformatory claims to be one of the most haunted locations in United States.


Ohio State Reformatory


6. Saint Elmo

Location: USA

Saint Elmo Ghost Town located in Colorado is one of the best preserved ghost town in United States. It was originally found by gold prospectors in 1880. Initially called Forrest City due to heavy forested area this city changed its name due to objections at the post office. California already had a city by this name, thus a under a new name it was incorporated as a Saint Elmo after a popular novel of the time. As any other self respecting ghost town Saint Elmo has its own share of ghost stories and unexplained occurances.


Saint Elmo

7. Timgad

Location: Algeria

Timgad is an ancient Roman city situated 35 km from Batna in Algeria. You can tell Timgad is a Roman town just by looking at its street grid. The layout of the city is near perfect. The center is taken by forum with a magnificent theatre situated just south of it.




8. Ephesus

Location: Turkey

Ephesus is an ancient city situated 3 km (2 mi) West of Selçuk in Turkey. Ephesus is one of the most magnificent and important sites in the Hellenistic World famous for beautiful buildings, majestic statues and a house where Saint Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, lived along with disciples of her son.




9. Sanatorio Carlos Duran

Location: Costa Rica

Sanatorio Carlos Durán Cartín or Sanatorium of Carlos Duran is located 7 km North of Carthage, in the Cartago province of Costa Rica. It stands in the shadow of Irazu Volcano as a testament to human tragedy and charity of those who dedicated themselves to helping others. There are several ghosts that is claimed to inhibit this site, although locals come here not to be scared by these apparitions, but in hopes to get healing through prayers of people that once lived here and helped others.


Sanatorio Carlos Duran


10. Panama Viejo

Location: Panama

Panama Viejo is a former old Panama City, those ruins are still visible despite years of negligence and disrepair. Today it is situated in its suburbs of the modern capital of Panama. Panama Viejo became a seat of a Royal Tibunal of the Spanish Crown. It became an important port and launching point for attacks on Peru and its Inca empire. In return gold and silver was shipped from central America to the coasts of Europe.


Panama Viejo


11. Machu Picchu

Location: Peru

Machu Picchu is an ancient archeological Inca site 69 mi (110 km) Northwest of Cusco in Peru. Peruvian government secured 326 sq km or 126 miles as a "Historical Sanctuary" to preserve Machu Picchu archaeological site. In 1983 Machu Picchu was added to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2007 it was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was found by an Incan royalty and served them as temporary retreat during Dry Season of the year.


Machu Picchu


12. Nazca Lines

Location: Peru

Nazca Lines are located 12 mi (20 km) North of Nazca in Peru. These lines were created between 500 BC and 500 AD these spectacular creations went largely unnoticed until 1927 than the pilot saw shapes of animals, trees and various geometric figures. There is still no consensus of who created these strange drawing and their purpose. Some claim that it was done for the gods, others claim that it is a sign for the ancient aliens that visited our planet centuries ago.


Nazca Lines



13. Lake Titicaca

Location: Peru

Lake Titicaca is South America's second largest lake that lies at an altitude of 12,500 feet (3,800 m). Due to its unique climatic condition the lake and its surroundings were settled since the ancient time. Islands of lake Titicaca and its shores are dotted with numerous archaeological remains. Many of ancient remains still raises questions of the origins and purpose.


Lake Titicaca


14. Port Arthur Penitentiary

Location: Australia

Port Arthur Penitentiary is located on the Tasmania Island, 60 km Southeast of Hobart in Australia. Port Arthur Penitentiary was functional between 1830 and 1877. Today it became the hot spot for ghost hunters. Sounds, lights, full body ghosts that seem too real and quiet communicative with guests. Some apparitions seem to have a sense of humour making faces behind guide's back, others were less friendly. Many tourists claimed that ghosts pinched, touched and even attacked them during their ghost tours in Port Arthur Penitentiary.


Port Arthur Penitentiary


15. Herculaneum

Location: Italy

Herculaneum or Ercolano in Italian is located in Campania region of Italy 5 miles (8km) South- East of modern Naples. This city is less famous victim of the Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii on August 24th, 79 AD. Beautiful Herculaneum was smaller in size and population (just 4000- 5000 citizen by modern estimation) yet people who lived here were richer and higher in status. Their homes indicate great care and wealth that they put into designs. Unlike its neighbor Pompeii, Herculaneum was destroyed by a series of six volcanic avalanches of pyroclastic flows (mixture of volcanic mud of high temperature that reach 500°C, hot volcanic gas, pumice, rocks and hot ash) that covered the city and instantly incinerated humans, organic matter and other objects. Ironically solidified volcanic tuff also preserved bones of Herculaneum residents and most importantly it carbonized wooden objects that usually rot and disappear quickly. This includes such fragile artefacts like tables, doors, food items, combs and even fragments of a cradle with baby bones. It gives a better idea of daily Roman life and ancient people.

Additionally Herculaneum preserved oldest Christian home chapel with a Cross mounted on the wall. As far as we know this is the oldest example of Christian symbol anywhere in the former Roman Empire.




16. Giza Pyramids

Location: Egypt

Pyramids of Giza is the largest and most recognizable symbols of the Ancient Egypt. It is the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World that survived to our days virtually in original condition. It is been a site of centuries of archeological digs, yet new significant discoveries are made here every single year.


Giza Pyramids


17. Abydos

Location: Egypt

Abydos was known in the ancient times as Tha Shard or "The Great Land". For centuries it was one of the most important and largest religious and cultural center of the Ancient Egypt. Today Abydos attracts tourists not only for its immense size and complexity, but also strange hieroglyphs that are not seen anywhere else in the ancient Egypt. Many consider these symbols as depictions of ancient technology that technically didn't even exist at the time including planes, helicopters, submarines and many others.




18. Santorini

Location: Greece

Without a doubt Santorini island is one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. It simple architecture glimmers with white color on steep cliffs. However beneath this beauty Santorini harbors a dark secret. In the ancient times it was home to an advanced civilization that was wiped out in one day by an eruption. Archeological digs and geologic formation in the area led many historians to believe that Santorini or Thera as it was known in the ancient times is actually legendary Atlantis.




19. Balestrino

Location: Italy

Balestrino is a ghost town located on a picturesque mountain. It was settled during Paleolithic period and grew to prominence during Medieval period. However a series of earthquake forced people to abandon it. Today Balestrino is one of the largest ghost towns on the continent. Despite seismic activity it preserved a life in an Italian city as it was in the early 20th century.




20. Leap Castle

Location: Ireland

Although widely known in Ireland, few people know about this mysterious and haunted medieval citadel. Today Leap Castle is surrounded by numerous legends about ghosts, apparitions and other paranormal activity that was reported in here.


Leap Castle


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