Creepy Crypts and Catacombs Worldwide

A chandelier made of bones, skulls on altars, hanging skeletons -- enter the creepy world of crypts and catacombs for a look into burial practices of the past. Warning: Images not for the squeamish.

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Alleged burial site of Vlad the Impaler
Snagov Monastery

Snagov Monastery

On a tiny islet, surrounded by a lake, stands Snagov Monastery. Vlad enthusiasts have been claiming since the 19th century that Vlad himself is buried inside this monastery, more than 300 miles from Bucharest. While there’s no definitive proof of it, it sure makes for an intriguing story. 960 1280

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Count Dracula Club

Count Dracula Club

Inside this 19th-century house in Bucharest, visitors encounter a Dracula-inspired restaurant with some, um, newfangled twists. Dine on menu options like “Count Dracula’s Beefsteak” and the “Van Helsing Plate,” in honor of Dracula’s biggest enemy. But beware -- someone might sneak up on you, and take a bite out of your tasty neck! 960 1280

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Brasov, Home to Dracula’s Castle

Brasov, Home to Dracula’s Castle

The medieval fortress, about 100 miles from Bucharest, was invaded by Vlad back in the day. Perched atop a 200-foot-tall rock, overlooking the village of Bran, Bran Castle yields panoramic views of the village below. 960 1280

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Poenari Fortress

Poenari Fortress

This weathered, cliff-side castle was Vlad’s main fortress. Built between the 13th and 14th centuries in south-central Romania by the rulers of Wallachia (a principality in what is now Romania), the castle was later abandoned and fell into ruin, until Vlad stepped in and oversaw its repairs. 960 1280

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Chindia Tower in Targoviste

Chindia Tower in Targoviste

This military tower, in the Romanian city of Targoviste, was built by Vlad in the 15th century. Construction began during Vlad’s second reign (his first reign had been interrupted by a political coup and subsequent exile). Vlad came back strong with Chindia Tower, which stands at more than 88 feet. 960 1280

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Vlad's Old Princely Court

Vlad's Old Princely Court

This place of residence, located in Bucharest’s historic center, was built during the rule of Vlad III. But don’t let its regal arches and (1 remaining) Corinthian column fool you; the princely court was also likely a house of horrors. Local lore has it that Vlad kept his political enemies in dungeons beneath the court’s grounds. 960 1280

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Sibiu, Where the Impaling Began

Sibiu, Where the Impaling Began

Vlad’s gory legend was born in the Transylvania city of Sibiu. In 1459, thousands of people were impaled in the city, at Vlad’s orders, on St. Bartholomew’s Day. Vlad’s victims included women and children, along with merchants and the local aristocracy. While some justify Vlad’s gruesome acts as a defense of nationalism (many of his victims were German Saxons), his detractors note that many of his victims were also from his native Wallachia. 960 1280

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Vlad's Birthplace, Sighisoara

Vlad's Birthplace, Sighisoara

See where Vlad III was born. In the winter of 1431, the future Prince of Wallachia was born in the present-day city of Sighisoara -- this yellow building is his supposed birthplace. Vlad’s father was Vlad II Dracul, who went on to become the voivode (warlord) of the area. No one really knows who Vlad III’s mother was; some speculate it was a princess from Moldavia, but Vlad’s father had several mistresses. 960 1280

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Borgo Pass

Borgo Pass

This high mountain pass, roughly 309 miles northwest of Bucharest, is actually known as the Tihuta Pass. Located in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains, the area was made famous by Bram Stoker’s Dracula -- in the novel, he rechristened the area, “Borgo Pass,” depicting it as the gateway to Count Dracula’s lair of horrors.

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Hotel Coroana de Aur

Hotel Coroana de Aur

Once you’ve checked out the Borgo Pass, settle down for the night at Hotel Coroana de Aur. The property comprises 109 rooms and 4 suites, with air-conditioning, mini-bars and free Wi-Fi among the amenities, making for a clean, streamlined environment to kick back and read up on Vlad and Dracula’s bloody exploits. 960 1280

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Tower of London
Tower of London

Tower of London

London’s castles crawl with spirits. The most haunted of them all? The Tower of London — where "off with her head" wasn't just a saying, it was reality. In 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was arrested and beheaded at the Tower Green, a green space within the Tower of London. Other royal ghosts lurk in the castle, too. Arbella Stuart, cousin of King James I, was allegedly murdered in the Tower of London. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Bloody Tower, where two young princes, Edward V and Richard, were believed to be murdered by the Duke of Gloucester. These young boys’ voices and screams are heard throughout the tower. 960 1280

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Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Located just outside London, Hampton Court Palace swarms with royal ghosts. Catherine Howard, the adulterous wife of Henry VIII, supposedly loiters around at night. In 2003, CCTV cameras at the palace reported a strange sighting: The alleyway doors at Hampton Court burst open in the middle of the night. If you’re not too scared, visit the place yourself and check out the great hall, royal chapel, maze and gardens. You’ll feel the haunted vibes all around you. 960 1280

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The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon allows visitors to delve into the ancient capital’s most horrible history experience. Featuring live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects, the Dungeon is truly interactive, bringing the horrors of historic London to life. 960 1280

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The Grenadier

The Grenadier

This traditional British pub has a very spooky past. In the 1800s, a young man known as Cedric cheated at cards at the Grenadier and was beaten to death on-site. As a way to pay off the young man’s debts, modern-day visitors can attach money to the ceiling of the pub, which is covered with currency from all over the globe. Even if you’re not a believer of the supernatural, you’ll love the patriotic look of this place.
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Farringdon Station

Farringdon Station

Located in the borough of Islington, this London Underground station has a haunted reputation. In 1758, Anne Naylor, a young girl, was allegedly murdered by a hatmaker and his wife in a building that was torn down in the 19th century to make room for the new train station. From the station’s opening in 1863 to the present day, travelers on the Tube claim to hear Anne’s cries and screams in the train’s haunted tunnels. 960 1280

  

The British Museum

The British Museum

Death looms large at the British Museum. Check out the Colombian death masks, Japanese coffins and the amazing wax death mask of Oliver Cromwell. And, of course, the British Museum has whole rooms dedicated to those macabre, death-obsessed ancient Egyptians, including the tomb-chapel of Nebamun and lots of mummies! 960 1280

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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

London’s renowned Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has had countless haunted sightings over the years. Both actors and staff members have claimed that they saw Joseph Grimaldi, inventor of the modern clown, and the so-called “Man in Grey.” The latter was allegedly stabbed in the Theatre Royal, and his bones were discovered in a side passage in 1848. The theater isn’t too spooky, though: Rumor has it that an appearance by one of these ghosts is good luck for performances. 960 1280

  

Bruce Castle

Bruce Castle

Bruce Castle, which is located near Tottenham Cemetery in London, was the site of a gruesome suicide. It’s said that in the latter half of the 1600s, a woman named Lady Constantia Coleraine jumped from an upstairs balcony of the castle and died instantaneously. Folklore has it that every November, around the time of the lady’s death, a figure can be seen jumping from the same balcony. If you dare, take a trip to the castle and nearby cemetery. 960 1280

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The Ghost Bus Tour

The Ghost Bus Tour

The Ghost Bus Tour takes you around London, the West End and even goes south of the River Thames. Onboard, actors and technical trickery combine to create a complete scare tour experience. 960 1280

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Jack the Ripper Tour

Jack the Ripper Tour

Between 1888 and 1891 anywhere from 5 to 11 women were murdered by Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper was never caught and to this day his identity is unknown. Today, you can take a Jack the Ripper walking tour and visit many of the locations where his victims were found. 960 1280

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Covent Garden Station

Covent Garden Station

The Covent Garden Tube station is a must-see. This London Underground stop places you smack dab in a great shopping area and one of London’s best theater districts. Before heading up the elevators of the station, channel ghosts at this spooky destination. Allegedly, an actor named William Terriss haunts the station occasionally. Staff members at Covent Garden claim that they have seen Terriss walk across the platforms in a gray suit. Other employees have heard bizarre noises on the platforms when no travelers are there. 960 1280

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The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience is a 2-part tourist attraction situated within the arches of London Bridge. First enjoy a fascinating trip back in time as the London Bridge Experience delves through the history of the bridge. The second part is a full on scare attraction that utilizes special effects, computer-generated imagery and real characters. 960 1280
Old Bailey

Old Bailey

The Central Criminal Court, otherwise known as the Old Bailey, has a disturbing past. The court sits on the former site of Newgate Prison. Ghosts seem to wander the area surrounding the Old Bailey. If you’re looking for a ghost-filled pub, sit down for a drink at the Viaduct Tavern on Newgate Street. One ghost, Fred, apparently pours out guests’ drinks and flickers the lights at this spooky pub. 960 1280

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is an inevitably haunted destination, considering that it houses more than 3,000 buried bodies. The most common spirit that haunts Westminster Abbey is Father Benedictus, a former Benedictine monk of the abbey. In 1900, a woman reported a vivid sighting of him. After about 25 seconds, Father Benedictus vanished into the walls of the church. In 1932, two visitors reported talking to him. He’s typically thought to appear between 5 and 6 p.m. 960 1280

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St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is definitely an eerie place to visit. Its most well-known ghost is a whistling clergyman, who haunts the west end of the chapel. In Ghosts of London, author Elliott O’Donnell recalls meeting an American couple who witnessed a black cloud suddenly appearing in the chapel. Regardless of the legitimacy of the folklore, St. Paul’s Cathedral is a wonderful place to visit. Cross the nearby Millennium Bridge for pedestrians and visit the Tate Modern museum for a culture-filled afternoon. 960 1280

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Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

This creepy cemetery opened in 1839 and was the go-to burial spot for Victorian socialites. But by the 1960s, Highgate Cemetery fell into a state of disrepair and decay. On Swain’s Lane, a street that cuts through the cemetery, several paranormal incidences have been reported. Some Londoners even claim to have seen a vampire lurking in the darkness. If you’re brave enough, check out Hampstead Heath, a large London park close to Highgate Cemetery that is also reportedly haunted. 960 1280

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Clink Hostels

Clink Hostels

If you're looking for a macabre place to stay in London, Clink Hostels provides the perfect solution. Built inside an imposing 19th-century courthouse, you can sleep in one of 7 authentic prison cells with original features like heavy doors and barred windows. 960 1280
50 Berkeley Square

50 Berkeley Square

50 Berkeley Square is currently the home of Maggs Bros, antiquarian book dealers, and is well worth a visit on a London sightseeing tour. It is said that the attic room of the house is haunted by the spirit of a young woman who committed suicide by throwing herself from the top floor window. 960 1280

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Bank Station

Bank Station

The London Underground’s Bank station gets its name from the nearby Bank of London, an architectural sight to see on your trip to the city. At Bank station, one ghost repeatedly stalks the underground. Sarah Whitehead, who is known as the Black Nun and was the sister of Philip Whitehead (a fraudulent banker at the Bank of London), searches for her convicted brother in an all-black outfit. Travelers at Bank claim to see Sarah’s ghost on platforms and passageways in the station. Some visitors also complain of an unexplainable stench coming from the station’s tunnels. 960 1280

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SCREAM at Madame Tussauds

SCREAM at Madame Tussauds

Located deep within Madame Tussauds, SCREAM is an inner chamber where things take a scary turn. Here, visitors are taken into a maximum-security prison taken over by the unhinged inmates. A great interactive London scare experience in one of London’s top tourist attractions. 960 1280

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