The Green Hill dance club, by Ferdinand of S.

Inaugurated at the beginning of the 80’s, this dance club was very popular in the coastal centre of Portugal. Bringing people from places as far as Lisbon, 100 km away, the Green Hill was the favoured night establishment of three generations between 1980 and 2013.

It had three dance floors, a lounge bar, and an open air bar terrace.

After entering the third millennium, maintenance costs were harder to keep up. The economic crisis of 2008 made the matters worse. Many patrons lost buying power, with no ways to consume the expensive drinks of bars and dance clubs, choosing instead traditional festivities of rural villages, which had cheaper drinks and began having DJ sets.

The owners of the premises sub rented the place to a businessman, but still in April of 2013, the Green Hill dance club closed doors definitively.

Currently, the place is part of a court action because of debts. While the proceedings drag on, the place is completely abandoned. Stripped of everything of value, including wiring, furniture and other props. All that remains are the walls, insulation, broken glass, a lot of junk. Parts of the roof have collapsed, have holes and infiltrations and the premises are completely accessible to anyone.

Photos – Ferdinand of S.

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Fengdu Ghost City

Photo by Tennessee Wanderer

Fengdu Ghost City  is a large complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife located on the Ming mountain, in Fengdu County, Chongqing municipality, China.

It is situated about 170 kilometres (110 mi) downstream from Chongqing on the north bank of the Yangtze River.

The city consists of buildings, structures, dioramas, and statues related to Diyu and Naraka, concepts from Chinese mythology and Buddhism that signify the underworld or hell. It is modeled to resemble Youdu, the capital of Diyu.

Photo by Gisling

 

After the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the rising of the water level of the river it became separated from the city of Fengdu, which was rebuilt higher up the mountainside on the south side of the river.

Photo by DDTai
 

In recent years, Fengdu Ghost City has become a tourist attraction. Cruise boats carrying tourists up or down the river stop at the docks and tourists are taken in vehicles halfway up the mountain. From there there is an open-air escalator up to the complex or the visitor can climb up on foot.

Demon for bad boys at Fengdu Ghost City. Photo by Matt Ryall

The site’s history goes back nearly two thousand years, at least in legends. It focuses on the afterlife and combines the beliefs of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. It is mentioned in several classic Chinese works of literature like Journey to the West, Apotheosis of Heroes, and Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.

According to legend, Fengdu got its name of Ghost city during the Eastern Han Dynasty when two imperial officials, Yin Changsheng and Wang Fangping, came to Ming mountain to practice Taoism and in the process became immortals. The combination of their names, Yinwang, means “King of Hell” and that was the beginning of the site’s focus on the underworld. Many of the temples and shrines show paintings and sculptures of people being tortured for their sins.

Modoribashi at Fengdu Ghost City. Modoribashi means the Bridge to Hell. An attraction called “Nothing-To-Be-Done-Bridge” connects the real world with the nether world. It’s a testing point for good and evil. According to legend, the bridge has three identical stone arches. The middle arch is where people are tested, but there are many different protocols for crossing the bridge – all depending on age, gender, and marital status. Photo by Gisling

 

Chinese Realm of the Dead. Another attraction is “The Ghost Torturing Pass.” It is the second test before entry into the nether world and it’s said that it is the place where the dead report to the Yama, the King of Hell, for judgment. Photo by Maximovich Nikolay

 

Hell and its bureaucrats at Fengdu Ghost City. Why are there bureaucrats in Chinese hell? Because to the Chinese, the social structure in the hell will be exactly like it is in this world. In hell, a spirit would go through an entire bureaucracy to get the final sentence. Photo by Chiva Congelado

 

Fengdu Ghost City – “The City of Ghosts”. Photo by Rafael (Rafa http://www.micamara.es)

 

Photo by Chiva Congelado

 

“hell.” Photo by DDTai

 

“hell.” Photo by DDTai

 

“Punishment and reincarnation.” Photo by Chiva Congelado

 

“Ghost of Lust.” Photo by Gisling

 

Big Demon Ghost. Photo by Terry Feuerborn

 

Drunkard – Ghosts lining the way to hell. Photo by Gisling

 

Ghostly statue leading to hell. Photo by Rafael (Rafa http://www.micamara.es)

 

Yasha ghost. Photo by Gisling

 

Torturer at Fengdu City of Ghosts. Photo by Wilson Loo

 

 

 

Photo by Maximovich Nikolay

 

Fengdu Ghost City Pagoda. Photo by Gisling

 

Source: Wikipedia, lovethesepics

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Isla de las Munecas – The Island of the Dolls

Just south of Mexico City, between the canals of Xochimico you can find a small island with a sad background which never intended to be a tourist destination. The island is known as Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls).

It is dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who met her fate too soon in strange circumstances.

The area has thousands of people, but this small island is home to hundreds of terrifying dolls. Their severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes adorn trees.

Dolls are threatening, even in the bright light of midday, but in the dark, they are particularly disturbing.

The Legend

It is said that a girl was found drowned in mysterious circumstances many years ago on this island and that the dolls are possessed by her spirit.

Local legend says that the dolls move their heads and arms and even opened their eyes.

Some witnesses claim they had heard the dolls whispering to each other, while others who were on a boat near the island said the dolls lured them to come down to the island.

Of course these witnesses are exaggerating and the island is in no way possessed but the truth is that the Isla de las Munecas is a very creepy place that marks the casual visitor.

Island of the Dolls – The truth behind the legend

Don Julian Santana Barrera was the caretaker of the island. The story goes that Julian found a little girl drowned in mysterious circumstances while he was not able to save her life.

Shortly thereafter, Julian saw a floating doll near the canals. Most probably, the doll belonged to the girl.

He picked up the doll and hung it to a tree, as a way of showing respect and support the spirit of the girl.

Others question even the existence of the drowned girl. Reports conclude that Julian has made up the story about the girl in his solitude.

Julian was apparently haunted by the spirit of the girl and started hanging more dolls in an attempt to please her spirit.

He soon realized the dolls themselves were possessed by the spirits of dead girls, and continued to collect creepy dolls hanging them over the entire island.

According to those close to him, it was as if Julian was driven by some unseen force that completely changed him.

Apparently he was very marked by the fact that he was not able to save the little girl’s life.

After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot where the girl did.

Many people on the island believe that Julian has joined the other spirits of the island.

The locals are very faithful that the Isla de las Munecas is a charmed place. After Julian’s death in 2001, it has become a tourist attraction, where visitors bring more dolls.

Since the death of Julian, the island has become very famous and has even been featured in many articles and even TV shows.

Although the action of Don Julian was innocent and even admirable, it ended up being portrayed as a real nightmarish destination.

Soulless eyes follow visitors as they visit the small island (which is actually a floating garden).

Source: http://www.isladelasmunecas.com/

 

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13 Creepiest Cemeteries Around The World

1. Cemetery Café, Ahmedabad, India Eating near the graves!dec50d_29b9f62c2ac24a72810f183a924d7190-mv2
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.dec50d_fd513f0a5c0046ef90d46c54d7c9ae32-mv2
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.dec50d_4af5e5094d1d465a84ba3e950d9baaf7-mv2
 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. dec50d_9a9b957a85ba4342b9d990c168633e18-mv2
 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.dec50d_88ca5f206d5046d3b341fdde9bbb72c0-mv2
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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. dec50d_173604b05f6f4fb9bfc60435ebe2ccd5-mv2
 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. dec50d_01165cba42de4e268cc59bf2761d52ea-mv2
 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.dec50d_bbef5592c34848499056e221abca0e66-mv2
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. dec50d_1bd875475530441ab18fdd843678263f-mv2
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.dec50d_792fbc6dcd9643a68e62d6fa28b4a154-mv2
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.dec50d_0f602561d9c84509b744861fb0e71d7f-mv2
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.dec50d_ad41e9aa4fcc47c394ee036bbe8d2e5b-mv2
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.dec50d_70cf4d563d7943eb90ad620781e40ae5-mv2

Source:

http://www.therichest.com/

http://snip.ly/

http://www.wonderslist.com/
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