Friday, January 20, 2012

Top 10 spookiest buildings around the world

Whether or not you believe in ghosts or not, you need to agree: some buildings possess a good spooky atmosphere. Maybe their history is filled with death as well as tragedy. Or, maybe these buildings just look creepy. The buildings allow me to share some of of the world's spookiest.

1. Wat Rong Khun, Chang Rai, Thailand

Still under construction, Chiang Rai's debatable modern temple is part of traditional Buddhist temple, part white-frosted wedding cake, and part avant-garde art with a disturbing penchant for pointiness. Visitors must cross a bridge to the temple over a area of fangs as well as hundreds of pleading white arms and suffering faces of sculptures attaining up from hell. While stark whiteness predominates, the inside and other areas of the temple compound (including the toilets) are sparkling gold. [Source]

2. Sedlec Ossuary, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

By the mid-1800s, the crypt at the Sedlec religious residence had been a popular burial site for centuries, with trouble breakouts and Hussite Battles contributing thousands of remains. In the 1870s a local woodcarver was hired to make creative use of the bones that had been piling up in the crypt. This was no minor task: the ossuary contains the remains of over 40,000 people, lots of which were used to decorate the chapel. The effect is as beautiful as it is macabre: elaborate light fixtures, arrays of bells, furnishings, splashy walls treatment and coats of arms are all loving recreated from skulls and bones of all sizes. Is that iron chandelier staring back at you? [Source]

3. Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo, Italy

All the residents of the catacombs under Palermo's Capuchin Monastery are decked out in their Sunday best. Unfortunately, that Sunday was several hundred years ago, as well as the outfits have got worked out significantly better that the wearers. The mummified bodies and skeletons of some 8000 Palermitans from the 1600s through to the 19th century are kept in the catacombs for all to see, some so well preserved that they look strangely realistic dolls. Men and women occupy independent corridors, and inside the women area there's a special virgin-only section. Creepy for adults, probably horrifying for the kids - be warned. [Source]

4. Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands, New York

An atmosphere of romance is all around the five-acre Boldt Castle estate in the Thousand Islands, just offshore from Alexandria Bay, New York. Stone by stone, Boldt Castle was made for love, but it was a love that ended unfortunately. Boldt Castle is both romantic and haunting. Gilded Age multi-millionaire George Boldt purchased the castle built as a testimonial of his love for his wife, Louise. But Louise died, and the grand stone estate was forgotten for several years. Boldt Castle is restored now, but you can still hear the lover's footsteps in the long, echoing corridors. [Source]

5. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Almost any medieval Gothic cathedral can seem spooky, but a lavish cathedral such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris can easily make you tremble. It's supposed to, with all those snarling gargoyles perched on rooftops and ledges.[Source]

6. The Amityville Horror House, Amityville, New York

Cream-colored house and traditional shutters make this Dutch Colonial Revival house seem cheery and comfy. Do't be fooled.
This house has a terrible history that includes grisly murders and claims of paranormal action. The storyline become popular in best-selling novel of Jay Anson's, The Amityville Horror.[Source]

7. Breakers Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island

The big Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island are well-liked tourist destinations, and ghost stories have become a part of the promotional hype. Of all the city mansions, the brooding Breakers Mansion has the most compelling story. Believers claim that the ghost of former owner Cornelius Vanderbilt wanders the lavish rooms. Or, maybe it's the spirit of builder Richard Morris Hunt, who born on Halloween night. [Source]

8. Archbishop's Palace, Hradcany, Prague

The fort that seems so foreboding in the Tom Cruise film, Mission Impossible has towered over the river Vltava for a thousand years. It's a part of the Hradcany royal complex where Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo facades generate stunning juxtapositions. Moreover, the Archbishop's Palace is in Prague, home to Franz Kafka, the famous author of surreal, disturbing stories.

9. Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow, Russia

Stark as well as inhuman, European constructivist architecture can feel scary enough. But go inside this red granite mausoleum and you see the corpse of Lenin. He looks a little waxy inside his glass case, but our Guide to Eastern Europe Travel says that Lenin's hands are faintly blue and also horribly life-like. [Source]

10. The Berlin Holocaust Memorial, Germany

'Chilling' is the word visitors use to describe Peter Eisenman's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of European Union, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. Even if you did not know the horrific history that inspired the memorial, you would perception it as you wandered the labyrinth of pathways between massive tomb-shaped stone slabs. [Source]


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