16 Creepiest Places on the Planet
There are some places out there in the world where it's as if danger and mystery are lurking behind every corner. We'd like to introduce a few of them here. But we warn you: this is not for the faint of heart. But if you're brave enough, though, read on!
1. Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Czech Republic
Funerals took place in this cemetery over the course of nearly four centuries, from 1439 to 1787. In this comparatively small plot of land, around 100,000 people have been buried in total, and there are as many as 12,000 gravestones.
Workers covered over some of the older graves with earth, and then buried more of the deceased on top of them. In the cemetery grounds there are places where up to 12 layers of graves lie on top of each other.
As time passed, the ground sagged, revealing old gravestones once more for the living to see. The old stones pushed against the more recently placed ones, shifting their positions in the ground. The result is a graveyard that looks not only thoroughly unusual, but also downright terrifying.
2. The Island of Dolls, Mexico
There is a very strange, deserted island in Mexico, which is largely populated by a collection of terrifying children's dolls. In 1950, Julian Santana Barrera, a recluse, is said to have begun collecting abandoned dolls from rubbish bins and displaying them on an island south of Mexico City, in an attempt to bring peace to the soul of a little girl who had drowned in the vicinity. Barrera himself drowned on the island on 17th September 2001. The collection of around 1,000 dolls are still there today.
3. Hashima Island, Japan
Hashima is a former coal mining settlement, which was founded in 1887. It was considered one of the most densely populated places on Earth - in 1959, a total of 5,259 people lived there, but the coastline is only around 1 kilometre long.
Eventually, it became unprofitable to extract the coal, and the mine was closed in 1974. The settlement joined the ranks of ghost towns around the world.
4. Chapel of Bones, Portugal
This chapel was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk. It is not particularly large - just 18.6 metres long and 11 metres wide. But it contains the bones of 5,000 monks. The phrase 'Melior est die mortis die nativitatis' ('Better is the day of death than the day of birth') is written on its roof.