When a person dies, family and friends of the deceased lay the individual to rest in a cemetery. In any given cemetery, multiple graves will be present ranging from as little as only two buried in a small family plot or to as many as tens of thousands that are buried in a mass grave or even up to a few million kept in an ossuary. The number of the individuals buried in a cemetery actually adds to the already creepy factor of a single grave – not to mention the circumstances in which the aforementioned individuals died. When tragedy surrounds the circumstances of the death of the individuals buried, you can feel it in the air. You don't really know why but you feel as though something is just not right or that something is off.
Cemeteries are always creepy. This is because the cemetery is where we are most conscious of our own mortality. We know that in the future, this grim place will also be where we shall be placed before we crossover to the other realm, to the unknown. Superstition plays a big role in our view of death. As of writing, death is still final. No one has found a way to prevent the great equalizer. Once you die, you cannot come back – or can we?
All over the world, there are people who claim to have seen ghosts or experienced something eerie in certain cemeteries. These turned these places into macabre attractions for those brave enough to seek a more visceral connection with the realm beyond. Others may just dismiss these as mere superstition or even flights of fantasy but no one can deny that nudging feeling at the back of your head that makes you wonder, "Can this be true?"
12 Runway 10, Savannah Hilton Head International Airport - Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A
11 Cementerio de la Recoleta - Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 Hanging Coffins of Sagada – Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines
9 Merry Cemetery - Sapanta, Maramures, Romania
8 High Gate Cemetery – Swain's Lane, London, U.K.
7 Greyfriars Kirkyard - Edinburgh, Scotland
6 Isola di San Michele - Venice, Italy
5 La Noria Cemetery (La Noria and Humberstone Mining Towns) – Chile
4 Chiesa dei Morti (Church of the Dead) – Urbino, Italy
3 Bachelor's Grove – Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
2 Paris Catacombs – Paris, France
1 Capuchin Crypt – Rome, Italy
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. When the Capuchin Friars arrived in 1631, they brought with them the remains of their deceased brothers which amounted to 300 cartloads. They were buried in soil that was brought specially from Jerusalem. Succeeding friars who died have since been buried there. After about 30 years spent decomposing in the soil, the remains are exhumed to make room and to add to the decorative artwork of the catacombs. The creepiest thing in the crypt are not the skeletons posed and displayed for shocking artistic effect, what is really creepy is the message that the Friars thought so important that they translated it into 5 languages. The message reads:
"What you are now we used to be; what we are now you will be..."
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