The experience of visiting any cemetery may leave you with the philosophical notion of transcending the world or that creepy feeling. Much has to do with the kind of portrayal of cemeteries that we find in ghost stories or the popular horror movies. What comes to strike our imagination is the sheer absence of human life there, and if there is anything human there, it’s dead. Let us fuel more to fantasy here and see the creepiest cemeteries around the world.
1. The Merry Graveyard, Sapanta, Romania
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This cemetery is unique because the local carpenter and woodcarver Stan Ioan Patras during the 1930s decided to carve a picture of the dead person. The carving portrayed how they died and then a short poem would be written about the person in order to create a happy and colourful work. However, the sad stories filled up this place with the events such as Depression, World War II, and the Communist Regime.
2. Ganges River, Varanasi, India
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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 honour. 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. To add to your knowledge the corpses are burned twenty four hours a day.
3. Okuno-in Cemetery, Mt. Koya, Japan
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Okuno is a sacred village near 120 Buddhist temples whose cemetery houses a creepy legend. Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism is said to be resting here and according to the legend will be reborn along with his followers. It doesn’t help ease the mood considering that numerous little statues resemble Jizo, a sweet-faced child monk, and are often wearing children’s clothing like bibs and caps that are placed by parents who are grieving for their dead children.
4. Cemetery Café, Ahmedabad, India
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Eating near the graves! Very few people know that the New Lucky Restaurant in the western city of Ahmedabad is adjacent to the ancient Muslim graveyards that are scattered about the premises.
5. Gladiator Graveyard, Ephesus, Turkey
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Located in Ephesus, Turkey, this graveyard houses the remains of about 67 individuals, all of whom where under the age of 30. The gladiators who fought here were the professional athletes of ancient Roman times and they would battle each other, wild animals, or even condemned criminals for the amusement of the masses.
6. Resurrection Cemetery, Chicago, USA
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What makes this cemetery popular is the infamous ghost named Mary, a young girl who was locally christened Resurrection Mary. As the story goes, truckers and other drivers report picking up a young female hitchhiker who is usually dressed somewhat formally in a white party dress and is said to have light blond hair and blue eyes. When the driver nears the Resurrection Cemetery, the young woman asks to be let out, whereupon she disappears into the cemetery. Quite filmy indeed!
7. Sedlec Ossuary Near Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
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This is a small Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, Czech Republic. This ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of anywhere between 40,000 and 70,000 people whose bones have been used to create decorations and furnishings for the chapel. This creepy cemetery is considered to be haunted and what makes it interesting further is that according to locals, the ghosts are actually jovial and pranksters who like a good joke. Dark humour I guess!
8. Capuchin Crypt, Rome, Italy
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This cemetery is housed in a crypt that claims of an intricate floor to ceiling arrangement of human bones paired with the crypt’s soil which is supposedly from Jerusalem. To remind you of human mortality, there is a solemn reminder underneath a child’s Grim Reaper that states uo;What You Are We Once Were Too And What We Are Now, You Will Be”. Too stark a truth!
9. Bachelor’s Grove, Chicago, USA
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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 phenomenon such as weird orbs to phantom vehicles. There are even rumours of a ghostly farmhouse which is said to terrorize its victims by floating towards its victims then vanishing into thin air.
10. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Established in the 1560s, this spooky cemetery is considered to be Scotland’s most haunted place. Its paranormal activity has been attributed to the restless spirit of the infamous ‘Bluidy’ George Mackenzie who was buried here in 1691. The ‘Mackenzie Poltergeist’ is a violent spectre that is said to cause bruising, bites and cuts on those who come into contact with it. To render you with creepy feeling there is also a ghost tour here.
11. Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
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One of the biggest I suppose! 1.5 million bodies! This 120 acre graveyard is haunted by a Newfoundland dog. It is said that John McNeill Boyd’s faithful canine died from starving as it refused to leave it’s owner’s graveside.
12. Howard Street Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts
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Salem is assumed to be the USA’s most haunted town, thanks to its history of witch hunting. In 1692, one popular resident, Giles Corey died from torture at the site because he refused to admit guilt or innocence regarding witchcraft. However, it is said that with his last breath, he put a curse on the town. Legend has it that Corey appeared days prior to the 1914 Great Fire. Today people claim to still see his ghost walk among the graves.
13. Hanging Coffins, Philippines
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Sagada in the Mountain Province of the Philippines is one location where the practice of hanging coffins continues to this day. So as you trek towards this beautiful mountain you are welcomed by some hanging skeletons laughing at you.
Got scared! There is nothing in this world that can make you believe in ghosts other than a creepy cemetery!
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