Ghastly Gargoyles Around the Globe

From Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral to Manhattan’s Chrysler Building, the most ominous and haunting gargoyles and grotesques glare down at us from up on high.

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Boothill Cemetery
Boothill Cemetery

Boothill Cemetery

Boothill Cemetery, and the entire town of Tombstone, AZ, is considered to be one of the most haunted places in the US. Tombstone is the town where the infamous O.K. Corral gunfight happened, between the Clantons, the Earps and Doc Holliday. Three members of the Clanton gang were killed, but apparently their spirits, along with a few outlaws buried in the cemetery, are still seen roaming the around the graveyard, hoping to avenge their death. 960 1280

Ken Lund, Flickr  

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Locals, visitors and paranormal investigators believe St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the most haunted cemetery in the world. Many ghosts haunt this famous graveyard in New Orleans, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Because most of the city is submerged in water, the dead are buried on top of the ground. Some visitors have heard eerie screams from inside the tombs and have been eyewitnesses to the ghosts of animals, including cats and dogs. Take a picture here and a strange orb or ghost may make an appearance in your photo. 960 1280

Cliff, Flickr  

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery in London is perhaps one of the most actively haunted cemeteries in the UK. With 50,000 graves on site, it’s not a surprise why ghosts still roam this spooky spot and its underground catacombs. Ghost stories about the cemetery include tales of vampires who some claim drain the blood from dead animals found in the graveyard. And rumors continue to spread about seeing an imp-like creature, a ghostly bicycle rider and a mysterious man in a top hat. 960 1280

Loretahur, Flickr  

Salem Cemetery

Salem Cemetery

Locals, who visit Salem Cemetery in Hendrysberg, OH, have seen the ghost of Louiza Fox, the first murdered citizen of Kirkwood Township. She has been seen crying at her grave and at the site of her murder. Hounds from hell are believed to roam and growl their way through this cemetery. Some people believe the ghost dogs exist to keep ghosts from escaping. 960 1280

Leslie Johnson, Flickr  

Bachelors Grove Cemetery

Bachelors Grove Cemetery

Located in Midlothian, IL, Bachelors Grove Cemetery is rumored to be the scariest haunted cemetery in the Chicago area. This area was once a dumping ground for Chicago gangsters during the 1920s. For a number of years, witnesses have claimed to see ghosts and a phantom car that disappears along the turnpike near the graveyard. Not even daylight is safe. Violent cries of a small child are often heard in the evening. 960 1280

Christine Zenino, Flickr  

Gettysburg Cemetery

Gettysburg Cemetery

Phantom figures in both Union and Confederate uniforms still pace Gettysburg’s battlefield and cemetery -- the site of one of the deadliest battles in American history. A man, seen wearing a black hat with a star, often tries to converse with tourists and pose with families for photos. For the ultimate haunted experience, stay at the Farnsworth House Inn, where Confederate snipers hid during the battle and their ghosts still roam today. 960 1280

Britt Reints, Flickr  

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Most people know LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery as the burial place for Hollywood legends, including Rudoph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Nelson Eddy, Norma Talmadge, Victor Fleming, Darla Hood and James Garner. Previously known as Hollywood Memorial Park, the ghosts of Virginia Rappe, Clifton Webb and a lady in black is usually scene lurking around Valentino’s crypt. 960 1280

Alan Light, Flickr  

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery has 300,000 graves, making it the largest cemetery in Paris. Opened in 1804, it’s a beautiful place for visitors to take a stroll along the cobblestone paths to see the gravesites of Napoleonic-era generals, famous composers and other luminaries, including author Oscar Wilde and Doors lead singer, Jim Morrison. Visitors to the cemetery have claimed that they’ve seen Morrison’s ghost and the ghosts of Marcel Proust and Maurice Ravel, a loving couple who rise from their graves by night in search of one another. 960 1280

Oh Paris, Flickr  

Westminster Burial Ground

Westminster Burial Ground

In Baltimore, MD, Western Burial Ground is where the remains of famous people reside, including Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key, US President James Buchanan and soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The catacombs under Westminster Hall have been the source of many ghostly tales. One old ghost story refers to a skull of a murdered minister that screams all day and night. Rumors are that the skull was bound and gagged in a block of cement, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the blood-curdling screams. 960 1280

Natalie Maynor, Wikimedia Commons  

Chase Vault

Chase Vault

If you’re near Christ Church, Barbados, we suggest you check out the Chase Vault, best known for a widespread legend of mysterious moving coffins. According to the creepy tale, each time the heavily-sealed vault was opened in the early 19th century for the burial of a family member -- all of the lead coffins had changed position. Visit the infamous gravesite and determine if the tale is fact or fiction. 960 1280

CaptSpaulding, Flickr  

Resurrection Cemetery

Resurrection Cemetery

On the way to the Chicago’s Resurrection Cemetery, don’t be surprised to see a phantom hitchhiker named Bloody Mary, who asks for a ride to the graveyard, but mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Travelers may spot Thomas Milners and his sister Marlene on the side of the road covered in blood. The two were struck and killed by a car in 1959 while going home from a family burial. And if that’s not bizarre enough, locals and visitors have claimed that they saw a vampire bride searching for her head in the cemetery. So be prepared for a few extraordinary paranormal experiences here. 960 1280

Ross Griff, Flickr  

The First Church
The First Church

The First Church

One of the oldest churches to be founded in North America, the First Church in Salem, MA, is also home to one of the most sinister chapters of American history: the Salem Witch Trials. In the 1690s, this Puritan community's zeal for righteous living ended in the conviction and execution of 20 innocent residents on charges of witchcraft. 960 1280

Fletcher6 via Wikimedia Commons  

Grand Mosque

Grand Mosque

This exquisite Muslim sanctuary in Paris secretly protected Jewish citizens from Nazi terror, when German forces occupied France during World War II. Founded in 1926, it’s the one of the largest mosques in France. 960 1280

LPLT / Wikimedia Commons  

St. John the Divine

St. John the Divine

The world's largest cathedral, St. John the Divine in New York City is a majestic house of worship that inspires many, despite still being unfinished. Its architecture is filled with intriguing images that leave some visitors mystified, with some sculptures from the 1980s seeming to foretell the destructive events of 9/11. 960 1280

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The Crystal Cathedral

The Crystal Cathedral

One of America's flashiest churches and the largest glass building in the world, the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, CA, was the home church for Crystal Cathedral Ministries before falling into bankruptcy. But after buying the building, the Roman Catholic Church has plans to renovate and reopen the cathedral. 960 1280

  

Old North Church

Old North Church

Twenty years before Paul Revere had lanterns hung in its steeple, Boston's iconic Old North Church was the site of one man’s attempt to fly -- by jumping from the steeple. The Episcopal church in Boston’s North End neighborhood is the city’s oldest standing church. 960 1280

AlexiusHoratius via Wikimedia Commons  

St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church

St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church

Built before the Civil War, the St. Joseph of the Holy Family Church in New York City was the parish of German-born priest, Hans Schmidt, who was convicted and executed for the murder of his secret lover. 960 1280

  

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, MD, served as a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. This church is built on the foundation of Fort Cumberland, where George Washington started his military career. 960 1280

  

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is arguably one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, it houses some of the most important relics in the Catholic religion. 960 1280

  

The Angelus Temple

The Angelus Temple

The Angelus Temple in Los Angeles was built by pastor and founder Aimee Semple McPherson, who was a famous evangelist of the time. In 1926, she was mysteriously kidnapped and then found wandering the Mexican desert. 960 1280

  

Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall is a former Presbyterian church in Baltimore, MD. It's most well known for being the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe. 960 1280

  

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan is one of America's most prominent churches. Completed in 1878, the cathedral can accommodate up to 2,200 people during its daily Masses. 960 1280

  

Church of Scientology

Church of Scientology

One of the most secretive landmark buildings in Hollywood is the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre. This controversial religion counts some of Hollywood's biggest stars as devotees, but critics charge the religion is more focused on material than spiritual concerns. 960 1280

  

Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Wilshire Boulevard Temple

In 1920s Los Angeles, the moguls of the city's new moviemaking industry funded one of the most remarkable synagogues in the world, Wilshire Boulevard Temple. 960 1280

  

Central Congregational Church

Central Congregational Church

In the 1890s, the preferred house of worship for the residents of Fall River, MA, was the Central Congregational Church. Its congregation included businessman Andrew Borden and his daughter, Lizzie Borden. 960 1280

  

Eglise du Dome

Eglise du Dome

Paris is home to some of the grandest churches in Europe, and the grandest of them all may be the Eglise du Dome. Built as a chapel for royalty, it's now the final resting place for one of France's greatest heroes: Napoleon Bonaparte. 960 1280