The Sultan's Palace - New Orleans
You know you’re in for a spooktastic time – and yes, we already apologize for using that phrase – when you’re heading to a place nicknamed the Harem of Horror. That’s what they call the Sultan’s Palace, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which is considered one of the most haunted and terrifying spots in Louisiana. As you might guess from the nickname, it was used as a brothel at some points over the years, but its true legacy is when a mysterious Turkish man moved in and started locking and barring the windows, with no one quite sure what was going on inside. It turns out what was going on was a ton of brutal, bloody carnage, with mutilated bodies being discovered behind those locked doors. Yeah, not surprising that it’s believed to be just absurdly haunted, eh?
Iulia Hasdeu Castle - Romania
Romania is known for some pretty creepy stuff, most notably being one of the homes to that whole “vampire” thing. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of Romania’s most famous castles is also one of the most haunted places in all of Europe. Iulia Hasdeu Castle was built in the late 19th century, following the death of a man named Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu’s daughter, Iulia. One of the reasons it’s considered haunted is the fact that Hasdeu is believed to have taken up the practice of spiritualism, attempting to contact his dead daughter for the rest of his life. It’s thought by many he succeeded, too, with numerous sightings of a phantom believed to be Iulia over the years.
Bhanghar Fort - India
Bhanghar Fort in India is not just believed to be haunted by tourists, but also by locals to the extent that setting foot on the premises is pretty strictly forbidden for fear of a curse that exists on the grounds. There are actual signs posted warning people away from the fort, which is believed to have been inhabited by a wizard, who is the guy who put the curse on the fort itself. Because, you know, that’s what wizards do when they decide to go all evil and whatnot. In addition to this wizard’s curse, it’s also thought that the ghosts of everyone who has ever died at the fort haunt the grounds, waiting to strike with furious vengeance any unsuspecting people silly enough to visit.
Hell Fire Club - Ireland
Based on the name alone, you’ll probably think that the Hell Fire Club is either super creepy or supremely awesome. Of course if you’re an X-Men fan, obviously you think it’s just all kinds of awesome. Located in Ireland, this relatively small, unassuming ruin was built as a hunting lodge but in secret was used as a meeting place for people who thought that a more fun hobby would be devil worship and the occasional act of animal sacrifice. Murder, debauchery, and all sorts of other assorted Pagan rituals are associated with the Hell Fire Club, which is probably how it got its name, after all. Naturally, with its rich history of devil worship it’s believed to be one of the most haunted places in all of Ireland, and is a popular destination for people who apparently like to bask in the glory of brutal animal sacrifice.
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