If you are unafraid of the haunts and like to enjoy some spooky stuff, this article is made especially for you. So fasten up your seatbelts for some virtual tour to the world’s most haunted destinations, which is going to enthrall you from within and pique your curiosity.

It seems unfair that a fewer number of haunted destinations are promulgated leaving the rest of them with lesser attention. Here comes a list of some scary, horrifying destinations across the globe. Every place discussed, has a history, an incident related to it which makes it different and interesting in itself.

“Things that are imagined are way better and scarier than things that are seen. Books allow me to interpret what I read in my head, which is maybe the scariest place on Earth.” -Maris Kreizman 

1. Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia

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Monte Cristo Homestead is a haunted manor in the Australian state of New South Wales. The house is renowned as one of the most haunted sites on the earth due to the spooky rumors surrounding Mrs. Crawley. It is believed that the previous owner never left the residence for a long period after her significant other died. Her bodiless spirit has also been haunting her room ever since she died. People have often reported seeing her bodiless ghost in the window, as well as weird conversations, glinting lights, and even a floating phantom in the hallway. In the past, there have been stories of disasters and assassinations at the château.

The Monte Cristo Homestead is filled with mysteries and fancies, which even seems to have some paranormal science that explains it. 

2. Ancient Ram Inn, England

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Wotton-under-Edge, a market town in Gloucestershire’s Stroud region, has a twelfth-century hotel and former tavern. It has a reputation for wicked penances and toxic chemicals. It is a Grade II listed structure. The inn has been owned by several persons since 1145, notably John Humphries, who died in December 2017. This inn was supposed to be owned by the local St. Mary’s Church when it was initially established. The bar is said to be haunted. The proprietor even admitted to being yanked out of bed by an unidentified spirit on his very first night in the residence.

3. Paris Catacombs, France

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The Paris Catacombs have a long history that dates back to the seventeenth century. In 1809,   the Catacombs were made open to the general public. The Catacombs have piqued people’s interest since their existence. When serious public health issues linked to the city’s cemeteries led to a decision to relocate their remains to an underground site in the late eighteenth century. 

The Paris authorities picked a readily accessible location located just outside of the capital at the time: the abandoned Tombe-Issoire quarries beneath the Plain of Montrouge. Originally named the “Paris Municipal Ossuary,” the location subsequently took on the mythological appellation “Catacombs,” with a reference to the Roman catacombs, whose discovery had intrigued the public ever since.

4. Screaming Tunnel, Canada

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The legend goes that if you stand in the center of this tunnel running beneath what was once the Grand Trunk Railway lines and light a match, the match will go out. It is located in the northwest corner of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The dying girl’s screams will then be heard. It’s one of the world’s most haunted roads. The girl, who was on fire, ran for help but died inside the tunnel. Since then, anyone who lights a fire inside the tunnel hears the girl’s screams and the fire goes out.

5. Old Changi Hospital And Changi Beach, Singapore

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Changi Beach and the old hospital, which was built in 1935, are said to be haunted. The Japanese killed many Chinese soldiers on the beach. During World War II, the Japanese Kempeitai (Japanese Imperial Secret Police) inhabited the hospital and turned it into a torture camp. The souls of the Chinese soldiers are said to haunt the now-defunct hospital. At night, there have also been reports of headless soldiers on the beach.

The hospital was restored to the British after the war. But it would never be the same for many. The majority of paranormal tales from the hospital attribute its spirit presence to the facility’s terrible acts during the war.

6. Tat Tak School, Hong Kong

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The Tat Tak School began in the centuries-old Yu Kiu ancestral hall in Ping Shan, Yuen Long (now a declared monument). After holding that area from 1931 to 1961, the school relocated to its current site in 1974 and ran well for many years. When the school closed in early 1998, the legend claimed that the schoolmistress committed suicide by hanging herself in the girls’ restroom while dressed in a red dress, leaving behind a lingering red-clothed spirit — the cause of many paranormal occurrences over the years.

In 2001, a group of students went to investigate the school and ended up frantically and emotionally upset when one of the females attempted to choke herself and bit the boy who attempted to strangle her.

7. Myrtles Plantation, USA

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Myrtles Plantation, also known as  ‘The South’s Spookiest House’. “One of America’s most haunted mansions” is tucked away among the enormous oak trees dripping with Spanish moss in Louisiana’s Plantation Country.

The establishment’s owner is suspected of abusing one of his slave girls and having an affair. When Judge Woodruff had an affair with another girl, Chloe assumed she would be kicked out of the mansion and forced to work in the fields with the other slaves. Chloe, his slave girl, then poisoned his family. He murdered her and disposed of her body in an unsavoury spot to take his revenge. Since then, Chloe’s soul has been haunting the house. She is said to irritate the house visitors.

8. Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, USA

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According to tradition, Alcatraz is one of the most haunted places in the country, if not the globe. Numerous people who have visited the jail and observed ghostly events believe that it’s visited in some way.

Staying at Alcatraz was no laughing matter, and indeed the most crazed and prominent culprits’ spirits were broken there. It’s supposed that the restless ghosts that remain in Alcatraz’s abandoned cells still live there. This jail housed some of America’s most notorious culprits, including Arthur Doc Barker, Machine Gun Kelly, and Al Capone.

9. Bhangarh Fort, India

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The Bhangarh Fort is positioned on the edge of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravalli range of hills in Rajasthan’s Alwar quarter. The stronghold is erected on leaning land at the foothills. Bhagwant Das erected it for his youngish son Madho Singh. The remains of the king’s palace taradiddle on the lower pitch of the hills; trees compass the pond area, and a natural sluice flows into the pond within the palace grounds.

The stronghold of Bhangarh isn’t open at night. According to one of the myths, Tantrik Singhia tried to capture the love of Princess Ratnavatil by using magic. When the queen learned of his unrighteous schemes, she had him executed. Before dying, the Tantrik cursed the vill population to corrupt and the vill residences to stay roofless. Indeed now, if a roof is constructed, it’ll collapse.

10. Aradale Lunatic Asylum, Australia

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Aradale Asylum was an internal installation in Ararat, a pastoral community in Victoria, Australia. Aradale was innovated in 1867 and operated as an internal and intellectually disabled institution until 1993. It formerly accommodated nearly cases. In 1887, J Ward came as an annex of Aradale to keep the criminally ill in a more secure setting.

The ghost of Nurse Kerry has made it a popular Australian addition to the list of the world’s most haunted spots. The ghost is said to hang the women’s sect. Another common story is the spirit of Old Margaret, one of the numerous cases who were forced to leave the shelter when it was closed down in the 1990s.

11. Island of Dolls, Mexico

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The man-made Islet of Dolls is one of the most haunted places on the earth. According to myth, a girl drowned in a Mexican conduit and failed then. Julian Barrera was troubled by the girl’s soul when he dislocated to this islet. He hanged numerous dolls over the islet to assuage her ghost.

Julian ultimately informed his whoreson that the girl wanted him to be her playmate in the hereafter. Besides the girl’s body in the conduit, his cadaver was latterly discovered. Callers to the islet have constantly observed that the dolls’ eyes follow them around. They have indeed reported hearing rumbling and horselaugh.

12. Norfolk Island, Australia

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Norfolk Island was a distant Pacific islet located further than 1600 kilometers from Sydney, Australia. The islet’s insulation was viewed as an advantage for the imprisonment of” doubly- condemned” captures. The souls and bodies of those transported there were to be destroyed, according to Governor Brisbane. He regarded Norfolk Island as” nothing farther beyond”the declination of cons. The position of violence, rape, depravity, sickness, death, and pure suffering has redounded in a paranormal” perfect storm” with the purposeful thing of being as cruel as possible. There are multitudinous reports of hauntings, poltergeist exertion, and the unexplained.

13. Castle of Good Hope, South Africa

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The Cape of Good Hope is said to be one of South Africa’s most haunted locales. The Castle of Good Hope, erected in 1667, is South Africa’s oldest structure. This structure is claimed to have seen a lot of intimidating happenings. Two persons are heard arguing near the guard’s chamber, but further disquisition reveals that it was a shapeless joe. Another nipping regard of the same edifice is of a bell ringing on its own in the bell palace. What is further amazing is that the turret was barred for times.

Indeed after working on this installation for a long time, the colors are still hysterical of the wandering spirits; so much so that they prefer to tromp about the structure’s border to keep an eye on the effects.

14. Isle of Wight, England

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The Isle of Wight, located on the southern seacoast, has spectacular decor, including towering escarpments and pristine cropland. This intriguing and major point, on the other hand, is rich with strange legends and draws hundreds of’ ghost nimrods’ each time. A trip around the islet’s creepy pathways is bound to bring callers face to face with one of the numerous resident spirits.

This remarkable supernatural exertion appears to be attributed in part to the tremendous unnoticeable energy or’ ley’ lines that run beneath this British islet, which is only 70 country miles from London and moment attracts hundreds of ghost- nimrods from each across the world.

15. St Augustine Lighthouse, USA

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The lighthouse located in Florida is still performing. It was erected in the 19th century. Still, according to repeated metaphysical sightings reports, it has been rated as the world one of the most haunted places. Several ghosts have been reported by callers. According to the reports, it includes the former lighthouse keeper’s ghost smoking a cigar, the spirit of a woman wearing a blue velvet dress crying for help, and two girl ghosts wandering through the lighthouse.

It may not be seen at first, but it is there. You can practically feel it by looking up at its twisted, black and white striped foundation, topped with a blood-red crown. Something is wrong. But it’s not until you run your fingers down its coquina walls, which are made of limestone and shattered shells, that you can truly feel it—what the decades and salt have etched out like ancient runes.

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Author

Ankita Parekh , an undergraduate student at IIT Kharagpur's Department of Architecture and Regional Planning. When it comes to spaces, she is a visionary. She loves to read and write architectural pieces. She believes architectural content is the key for comprehending the roots of our architectural foundations and building it to the sky of sustainability.

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