There is always a skepticism revolving around the paranormal and the mass is always divided between ardent believers and naysayers. If you belong to the latter, would you still continue with your disbelief, after getting to know that the sightings and the places are as real as they get?
1. Poveglia Island, Italy
The island was used to isolate and burn the bodies of thousands of men and women who were affected with the Bubonic Plague in Italy. It was used again when the whole Europe got affected by it in the 1800s.
In 1922, The island was home to a psychiatric hospital, where the doctor subjected the patients to inhumane tortures and treatments. Reports of spirit sightings by the patients were deemed false as they were considered clinically mad.
Later on the Govt. of Italy bought the island, and then sold it to a man, who tried to live there but to no avail. The island has visitors only during the harvest season of vineyards, which seem to grow pretty well in its soil.
2. Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
A bride fell down from the stairs, breaking her neck in the process, as she had panicked with her dress catching fire. She can still be seen dancing in the ball room of the hotel, with her dress burning.
Another ghost is that of a bellman, who used to work there in the 60s and 70s, who still accompanies guests to their rooms. When offered a tip, he disappears.
A family was murdered in the room 873. The room was sealed with bricks and mortar, but the family can still be seen in the corridor outside it.
3. Hellfire Club, Montpelier Hill, Ireland
The Hellfire Club is built on top of the Montpelier Hill, originally as a hunting outpost for an Irish parliament speaker. The stones used to build it are said to have been taken from ancient tomb passages, which supposedly angered the Devil. Later on, the site was used for debauchery and gambling by the elite Irishmen.
A famous tale goes around, that when a player stooped down to pick up a fallen card while playing cards, he noticed that the man beside him had cloven foot. When the identity of the disguised Satan was revealed, he disappeared with a ball of flame.
4. Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
Built in the 17th century, this is South Africa’s oldest building. The first sighting was in 1915 when the ghost of a man was seen jumping from the bell tower, and then walking between the bastions Leerdam and Oranje. Another was that of a lady who was seen running in the castle, with her face buried in her hands and crying hysterically. Her sightings stopped when the body of a woman was discovered during excavations.
Another sighting is that of a black dog, who pounces on the visitors out of the blue and disappears.
5. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England
The inn was built in 1145, to keep slaves and workers there by monks to build the St. Mary’s Church. It’s site between two ley lines is said to source energy from the Stonehenge. It has several rooms, with the bedroom said to being occupied by a witch, and the most haunted room is haunted by a monk. It’s also said that a succubus pays the visitors a visit at nights.
The site was featured in many famous horror shows like The Ghost Adventures.
6. Dragsholm Slot, Denmark
One of the oldest castles in Denmark houses more than 100 ghosts, which was used to keep prisoners belonging to the Noble class. Some of the famous ones are the Earl of Bothwell, the husband of Mary Queen of Scotts who died as a prisoner in the castle, and the White Lady wandering the halls, who’s skeleton was found encased in a wall by builders in 1930.
The castle is now a luxurious hotel, with guided tours about it’s history, and also houses a Michelin star restaurant, which serves food made with locally sourced ingredients.
7. Myrtles Plantation, USA
Myrtles Plantation is the most haunted bed-and-breakfast in the USA. The most common of sightings is that of Chloe, who was the slave mistress of the owner. She had her left ear cut off for eavesdropping on the owner’s business discussions. Later on she poisoned a cake that she had made for the family, but it ended up causing the death of the owner’s wife and two of their children.
The place provides 12 rooms to stay in and a chance to experiences spookiness to the adventurers
8. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
Built in the 17th century, the Bhangarh Fort is said to have been cursed by a sorcerer before dying, that all the people living in the fort would be dead, and there would be no births there. His cursed the place because of the unrequited love for a princess, who threw away the vial of oil he had given her, which would make her fall in love with him. A boulder was erected where the oil was thrown away.
A guided tour of the fort is available during the daylight. The fort is closed in the evenings and nights, with the locals believing that anyone who visits the fort after twilight never comes back again.
9. Monte Cristo Homestead, New South Wales, Australia
Monte Cristo was built by the wealthy landowner Christopher William Crawley in 1876. It is reputedly Australia’s most haunted house. It is haunted by several ghosts, including the maid who had fallen down the balcony, and the boy of the caretaker, who was chained for 40 years.
10. Château de Brissac, Maine-et-Loire, France
First built in the 11th century, and then rebuilt in the 16th century, Château de Brissac. It is home to many ghosts, with the most active being of La Dame Verte, (Green Lady), who was apparently the illegitimate child of King Charles VII and was later murdered by her husband in the château in the 15th Century after he caught her having an affair.
She is often seen moaning in the tower room of the chapel, with gaping holes in places where her eyes and nose should be.
Now the Chateau boasts of highly regarded wines sourced from its own vineyards, and hosts guests in its rooms with period furniture.