2. Capuchin Crypt, Rome, Italy The Capuchin Catacombs in Polermo of Sicily displays the dead in a dramatic manner, by keeping the corpses mummified and kept in their regular clothing in underground crypts, since the 16th century. The Capuchin Crypt is a series of 6 rooms located underneath the Santa Maria della Concezione del Cauppuccini. It houses the skeletons of 3,700 monks of the Capuchin Friars.
3. The Merry Graveyard, Sapanta, Romania. This cemetery is unique because the local carpenter and woodcarver Stan Ioan Patras during the 1930s decided to carve a picture of the dead person. The carving portrayed how they died and then a short poem would be written about the person in order to create a happy and colourful work. Instead of creating an atmosphere of sorrow with gray tones and muted colors, the crosses of the deceased are painted with blue, red and yellow. The Merry Cemetery tries to make light of the darkest of all situations – death.
4. Cementerio de la Recoleta – Buenos Aires, Argentina. La Recoleta Cemetery counts as one of the leading tourist attractions of Buenos Aires. Entering the majestic gates of the cemetery will invoke feelings of being transported back in time since the cemetery is populated with grand mausoleums of varying art pieces and design ranging from the Gothic to the fantastically elegant. It is not the architecture though that puts this cemetery on the list, it’s the story of those buried here. Aside from Evita Peron’s tomb that always has fresh flowers laid on them, other interestingly creepy tombs include the tomb of Rufina Cambaceres and one David Alleno.
5. Hanging Coffins, Philippines. Most cemeteries are underground or in a separate plot of land that is sectioned off for just this specific purpose. The Igorot tribe in Sagada, Philippines, however have a very different idea.
6. Runway 10, Savannah Hilton Head International Airport – Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A. Back in the 1980s when the Savannah Airport was building an extension for Runway 10, they discovered that there was something in the path of their proposed runway project – the Dotson family farm complete with a small family cemetery with two graves. The Savannah Airport tried to convince the Dotson family to move the graves but the surviving family members didn’t consent. Because it’s illegal in the U.S. to move the remains of the dead without the consent of the family, the airport management was forced to build the runway over the graves.
7. Ganges River, Varanasi, India. Varanasi is one of the Hindus’ holiest cities in India. The river stands for spiritual health and purification. Being cremated on the banks of the river is a great honour. Thousand of corpses are burned on floating pyres annually and the remains are left to be swallowed up by the river. Thus, the Ganges is ripe with bacteria and largely polluted.
8. High Gate Cemetery – Swain’s Lane, London, U.K. The Highgate Cemetery is a Victorian era cemetery, set across 37 acres of overgrown woodland of London in England. It has about 53,000 graves with 170,000 people buried there. Since the 1960s, people have reported seeing what has come to be known as the High Gate Vampire. This figure is a very tall man of about 7 feet, wearing a high top hat and has a piercing gaze.
9. Howard Street Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts.Salem is assumed to be the USA’s most haunted town, thanks to its history of witch hunting. In 1692, one popular resident, Giles Corey died from torture at the site because he refused to admit guilt or innocence regarding witchcraft. However, it is said that with his last breath, he put a curse on the town.
10. Bachelor’s Grove, Chicago, USA.Known for being one of the most haunted sites in the United States the Bachelor’s GroveChicago cemetery was opened in 1844. The claims of hauntings peaked in the 1970s and 1980s and ranged from reported phenomenon such as weird orbs to phantom vehicles.
11. Resurrection Cemetery, Chicago, USA. What makes this cemetery popular is the infamous ghost named Mary, a young girl who was locally christened Resurrection Mary. As the story goes, truckers and other drivers report picking up a young female hitchhiker who is usually dressed somewhat formally in a white party dress and is said to have light blond hair and blue eyes. When the driver nears the Resurrection Cemetery, the young woman asks to be let out, whereupon she disappears into the cemetery.
12. Isola di San Michele – Venice, Italy. People already get creeped out when they visit normal cemeteries, how much more if you happen to find yourself on an island that is full of dead people – an island of the dead? When it was decreed that burials would prove unsanitary when done in the main Venetian Islands, they designated an island to become their cemetery. It’s still currently in use, and people use special gondolas to carry the dead over to the island.
13. Paris Catacombs – Paris, France. The Catacombs of Paris hold almost three times the number of Parisians living above at a staggering 6 million dead.