Whether you're a believer or not, but in this world, some places are filled with spooky stories passed down through time. From haunted fortresses to grisly tales of suffering and death, we've pulled together a list of some of the spookiest spots in the world.
A hotel in Japan
In the 1960s, when the Japanese did not have conditions to be able to travel abroad, the tourism industry of the country tried to make up for it by building resorts in the remote islands, as a new form of tourism. Hachijo-Jima Island, located in the Izu Islands near the Philippine Sea, has been chosen to build such resorts. It is even called "Hawaii of Japan". At a distance of 287km south of Tokyo, visitors can reach the island by ferry or plane.
Hachijo Royal Hotel is one of the most invested buildings on the island. It was built on the Baroque architecture of France in 1963, the hotel's garden has plaster statues depicting famous Greek statues as well as ornate fountains. Hachijo Royal Hotel is considered as the largest and most luxurious hotel in the country at that time.
However, in the following decades, when foreign travel becomes easier for the Japanese, The need to visit Hachijojima is no longer as favorable as before. Instead, they preferred destinations like Thailand, Guam or Hawaii. While the hotel was renamed several times, closed and reopened during the 2000s, until it was permanently closed in 2006.
After more than 12 years of abandonment, this luxury hotel has been covered with dust and flora of wilderness. The ruins of the furnishings of the rooms in the cold walls and retain the elegance of the day before making people who entered the hotel inevitably goosebumps.
Castello di Montebello(Italy)
This castle is haunted because of one of the most famous creepy stories in Italy, a mysterious murder of a little girl. On June 21st, 1375, the 5-year-old daughter of Lord Ugolinuccio da Montebello, named Guendalina was playing inside the house. She was always guarded by two men because she was an albino and couldn’t get out in the sun or in the village. Her blue hair and eyes made everyone call her Azzurrina – The Little Blue One.
At one point father came up and asked the guards where the little girl was, but she was nowhere to be found. Running after her cloth ball downstairs, Azzurrina was forever lost in the dungeon. It is believed that her ghost is still in the castle and cries out on summer solstice every five years.
Mohatta Palace (Karachi)
Built-in 1927 by Shivratan Chandraratan, it was abandoned when India and Pakistan partition took place. This incredible palace is now a museum. But many strange things seem to happen here when the visitors are gone and the lights grow dim. Many of the workers claim that things have a tendency to move themselves, from one place to another, claims have been made of lights moving around when no one is inside. The guards believe that the palace is haunted by ghosts from the British Raj; they say their presence can be “felt” during the night while the guards are on duty.
House in Pune (India)
The famous ostentatious mansion near the Residency Club in Pune is one of the most haunted places in India. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of an elderly lady who was murdered in her own home, this mansion. Passersby claim to see a shadowy figure of an old lady gazing out of the window and screaming for help. Would you ever visit this haunted house?
San Fernando Church (Texas)
The oldest church in Texas holds El Mariachi Mass on Sunday and is a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture. But come nightfall, you'd have to be something of a daredevil to enter its myth-ridden grounds. When construction workers started renovating the church in 1936, they unearthed bones, nails, and tattered military uniforms near the altar, which some believe belonged to three soldiers of the Alamo. Since the disturbing incident, visitors have reported shadowy figures and orbs in their photographs, as well as ghosts in the back of the church itself. Such otherworldly inhabitants include a man dressed in black and figures in hooded, monk-like clothing.