8 more of the scariest and strangest places on Earth Earth

8 more of the scariest and strangest places on Earth

Silent Cemetery, Kansas

This place was nicknamed one of the seven gates to Hell thanks to an article in the student newspaper of the University of Kansas dating back to 1974. It claimed that the Devil personally appeared in this place twice a year — on Halloween and on the day of the vernal equinox. The article made a good advertisement for the town of Douglas: until now, fans of paranormal phenomena arrange annual raids on this quiet place in search of traces of the activity of dark forces.

Gomantung Caves, Malaysia

The height of the arches of the damp caves of Borneo can reach 100 meters, which makes them a very spectacular tourist attraction. However, many prefer to admire them only in photographs. The thing is that there are about 2,000,000 bats living in the caves, which daily cover the path that visitors walk with a thick layer of guano. The litter, in turn, attracts huge Malaysian cockroaches, who love to crawl into the pants of gawking tourists. And if cockroaches do not frighten the brave visitors, then rats, crabs and long centipedes will always come to their aid!

Karni Mata Temple, India

Hindus are known for their love and sacred veneration of animals, but in this case we are not talking about harmless cows. 20,000 rats have settled in the popular Karni Mata temple, cared for by monks. They call them little children and feed them grains, milk and sweets of their own making. When feeding time comes and rodents flock to the feeder from all corners of the temple, greedily devouring the delicacy, the Hindus rejoice — for them it is a great success. But Europeans have had a very tense relationship with rats since the Middle Ages, so many people bypass the temple.

Winchester House Museum, California

Sarah Winchester (otherwise Winchester), the heiress of her famous father-in-law's gun empire, was, according to legend, haunted by the ghosts of people killed by firearms. When she turned to a medium, he told Sarah that she just needed to follow the instructions of the ghosts, and they would stop visiting her. As a result, 16 carpenters were hired, who worked 24 hours a day for a triple fee and built a luxurious mansion in the shortest possible time. Madame Winchester did not calm down on this and in the following years she constantly completed, remodeled and reshaped the structure of the house, so that in the end it turned into a huge maze. In total, the house has 160 rooms, 40 bedrooms, 10,000 windows and two basements.

The Road of Death, Bolivia

Formerly known as El Camino de la Muirte, the winding road stretches along the edge of the mountain range for 60 km. It was built in the 1930s by Paraguayan prisoners and runs from the Bolivian capital La Paz to the city of Corioco. The width of the road is just over three meters, while there are no protective fences provided on it — this is despite the fact that traffic on the road occurs in both directions. As a result, thousands of victims crashed when falling from a 600-meter height.

Chandido Godoi, Brazil

A small Brazilian town has become famous due to the abundance of twins that are born every year. After a series of studies, scientists have eliminated the myth that the birth of twins is a consequence of the experimental projects of the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. He actually made his way from Germany to Brazil in the 1960s, posing as a veterinarian and allegedly experimenting on twins. However, doctors tend to believe that the real reason is incest: there are 1000% more incestuous relationships in the town than the world average.

Catacombs of Paris

In order to cope with the abundance of bodies, for which there was no longer enough space in the old cemeteries, in the XVII century the Parisian authorities decided to place the dead in ancient catacombs dating from the XIII century. For 12 years, the bones have occupied a space about 5 floors below street level. To date, about 6 million people have been buried in the catacombs, and the total length of the tunnels is 320 km. About one and a half kilometers of catacombs are open to the public, in which you can see niches in the walls occupied by skulls and other bones.

Alcatraz Island Prison, California

The picturesque island in San Francisco Bay has been used as a high-security prison for particularly dangerous prisoners since 1934. The prison, which has been turned into a museum today, is made truly creepy by stories about its prisoners. Criminals stole the guards' weapons, mutinied, faked a riot or even suicide. The characters of one of the most famous stories, robbers John and Clarence Anglin, as well as Frank Morris, planned to escape from the island, but their bodies were never found.

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