One of the best parts of going on a holiday is when you happen to visit world famous tourist spots. Steeped in history, these monumental grounds serve as a reminder to the colorful history and culture.
Yet few people know the bloody stories behind these majestic structures. So if you plan on hitting a few destinations on your next holiday, be sure to visit these top tourist attractions and uncover the stories that make them haunted.
Castle of Good Hope Cape Town, South Africa
Named as the Castle of Good Hope, this South African castle is the oldest-known colonial building in South Africa. But contrary to its name that signifies hope, some of the sightings associated with this old structure include the ghost of governor Pieter Gysbert van Noodt and the specter of a large black hound.
Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway
The Norwegian medieval structure Akershus Fortress is considered to be the most haunted place in Norway. Its most popular ghost is none other than the demon dog Malcanis who is said to be the protector of the gates leading to the castle.
Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico
One the most famous haunted attractions in the country of Mexico is the Island of the Dolls. Believed to be haunted by a young girl who drowned in the murky waters of Lake Teshuilo, this place’s residents believed that the girl was unable to leave the island. The dolls came about when a man named Julian lived on the island.
According to local legend, the girl told Julian of how she died and sought his help to provide her with dolls. The girl’s thirst for the dolls began to grow deeper until one day Julian was found dead at the same spot where the young girl perished. Tourists claim that they often felt the doll’s eyes following and whispering to them.
Monte Cristo, New South Wales, Australia
Located Down Under, this famous haunted place in Australia is said to be disturbed by the ghosts of the former occupants of the home. According to rumors, Mrs. Crawley, the owner of the mansion, locked herself up after the death of her husband, never seeing the light of day for the remaining 23 years of her life. It is reported that visitors would hear the shrills of a weeping woman and the feeling of being suffocated as if some kind of unseen force is choking them.
Changi Beach, Singapore
Believed to be the famous killing ground of the innocent Chinese soldiers executed by the Japanese during the Second World War, tourists have reportedly heard the screams and weeps of people along with the sightings of headless bodies.
St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida, USA
The famous apparitions associated with this particular place include that of two girls who had been reportedly seen by both staff and visitors. It is believed that they are the daughters of Hezekiah Pittee who died during the lighthouse’s construction in the 1870s.
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai
Perhaps, the most famous specter that is known in this hotel is that of the architect who designed this particular place. It is believed that he killed himself inside the hotel because the structure’s final design was not based on his idea. Visitors have reported seeing him in the corridors of the hotel.
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Said to be the home of a wizard who practiced black magic on the palace grounds, this fort’s villagers who lived in the surrounding area were ill-fated forever. It is reported that visitors are not allowed in the area after sunset as a number of paranormal activities are experienced within its grounds.
The Tower of London, London, England
Known as one of the world’s most haunted places, the famous Tower of London has been home to sightings, which include people seen in their nightgowns and the ghosts of famous royal personalities like Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey.
The White House, Washington DC, USA
It does not come as a surprise that the White House is also home to many paranormal activities. Past presidents and their families, foreign dignitaries, and even staff members have attested to that. The White House’s famous paranormal occupant is none other than Pres. Abraham Lincoln.
The Church of Three Kings, Goa
This church is known by the locals as the most haunted place in Goa. According to locals, this holy place is the site of a wicked murder and suicide by that of a Portuguese king who murdered two others before killing himself.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle has been a place of torture and many bloody battles during its time. Visitors and staff have reported being touched and pulled as well sighting several figures within the premises.
Fort George, Nova Scotia, Canada
Widely recognized as Canada’s most haunted site, Fort George is a historic military stronghold where several battles were witnessed. One of the most famous ghosts seen in the fort is that of a soldier in uniform walking in the rooms and suddenly vanishing.
If you plan on visiting one of these haunted sites, be sure to keep some souvenirs of your paranormal experience.