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Ten most haunted places around the world

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

MSN NZ Travel staff

Do you love horror movies and scary stories? Then why not make your next holiday a spookfest? Looking for ghosts may not be the holiday activity of choice such as food, spa getaways and eco-tourisms, but there are still plenty of places around the world you can live out your ghostbusting fantasies.

Even for the sceptics out there who think the idea of spirits and ghost trains is far-fetched, these haunted locations are accompanied by gory tales of tragic deaths and leave even the most discerning critic clearing their throat.

But don't just take our word for it. Check out the 10 most haunted places we could find from around the world in our slideshow:

1. Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa:
The most dreaded part of the castle is a windowless dungeon which also served as a torture chamber where convicts were chained to the dungeon walls and drowned. If you hear unexplainable footsteps followed by the castle bell being rung, don't worry — it's only the guard who hanged himself on the bell rope many years ago.

2. Tower of London, London, England:
The Tower of London is believed to be the most haunted building in London. Sightings range from headless ghosts to whole squads of ghostly soldiers seen marching the grounds. Tower guards also claim to hear whispers of unearthly voices during their rounds. The Tower of London has no shortage of ghosts!

3. The White House, Washington, DC, USA:
The current commander-in-chief is not the only president residing in the White House these days. Former (that's dead) presidents are known to wander the halls at night.

4. Bran Castle (Dracula's castle), Transylvania:
The Dracula legend was actually inspired by Vlad the Impaler who punished his subjects by crucifixion or burning them at the stake. Thus the Bran Castle is better known as Dracula's castle.

5. The Queen Mary, Long Beach, Los Angeles, USA:
The Queen Mary aka "The Grey Ghost" ferried seasick sailors and destitute stowaways — many of whom died on the ship. Their spirits are so haunting to this day that some parts of the ship are actually barred from public entry!

6. Catacombs, Paris, France:
Underneath Paris lies a vast underground network of tunnels, tombs and cemeteries. But the people laying to rest in this spot weren't given the luxury of a cosy coffin — they were stacked on top of each other in a mass grave. Rest in peace, not.

7. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland:
The castle is more than 900 years old, but what's the most haunted part of it? Its ancient dungeon is the site of uncounted deaths where many angry spirits roam.

8. The Brandywine Battlefield Historic Park, Pennsylvania, USA:
The scene of the famous confrontation between American and British troops in 1777.

9. Red Square, Moscow, Russia:
Many eyewitnesses attest to spotting the ghost of Vladimir Lenin in the wee hours of the morning around Red Square. Spooky!

10. The bridge over the River Kwai, Thailand:
The bridge was dubbed the "Death Railway" during World War II because of the thousands of people who managed to survive disease and starvation, only to be tortured and brutally killed at the hands of the Japanese.

Why do you love haunted places? Have your say below.

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I've been into the paranormal since I was younger and lived in a Farm house that was built in the early 1800's and had seen small activity inside the house and some on the property. I've wanted to travel to Ireland and go to Leap Castle, Germany and visit the Great Cliff woods, etc, etc.. In my own home state I've been to Brensons Hollow, which is quite misunderstood. It's not as creepy as people say, but it does have a heavyness about it that makes for some good ghost tales.
Some religions are money making but not all.In Serbia church is giving money to state and all members of ortodox are not money or other material goods lovers.If you do not have any scientifical evidence that God and ghosts do not exist shut up.It just what you think.It do not need to be thruth.Any way you are just a human right?
Oh Pleezeeee there's no such thing as GHOSTS or Haunted places. Its all in the mind.When we die we die, no such thing as oh there's 2 Gates one for Hell one for Eternity. Oh Pleezeee people, have yous been to where the Gates are? We all read the Bible but lets say who wrote the Bible another Human being like you and me, Money Making that's all there is to it with these Religions. Create the Bible sell the Bible Wha La we're Rich.Get over yourselves.
Sometimes the best thing to say is... nothing. Just except that eveyone has an opinion and be accepting of others beliefs, not belittling others bx they think differently. I wanted to read about ghost stories! Really, you do go on don't you...
Doesn't anyone watch the discovery channel anymore? Catholics and christians are the ones who were the FIRST scientists. They wanted to know more than anyone else the reason for our existence. As in Married with children...you can't have one without the other
well i am a christian and i believe God made us in his image which is a spiritual being only we have been put into our earthly bodies. when we die we again become spiritual beings. some of us go straight to a waiting place for judgement and some stay hanging around here on earth and till we are set free. why do i believe this? well i lived in a haunted house in London. it was my grandmothers house and we had all the signs, cold room, things being moved, lights going on and off when no one in there, there was some poor soul who had died in the house and was still there. when i became a christian i learnt more about spirits and actually came across quite a few mmore. some i just needed to calm down and send them to there resting places others needed searching out and sent to hell they were the bad ones of course. if you have not experienced spirits you cannot comment on them only to say you dont believe or believe in them. thankyou for reading this.
40 years ago i rented a house in england , strange happenings occured regularly , furniture moved by some unseen force , lights went on and off , stains would appear on the staircase and disappear and locate higher up or lower down , needless to say i didnt stay there long , i would not like to visit a haunted place volunteraly , it is a very disturbing experience .
No I believe that the most sscarryyy place is in The LaLaurie House New Orleans, Louisiana The LaLaurie House is a lavish building at 1140 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Most accounts agree that it was built in 1832 by Madame Delphine Macarty LaLaurie, a wealthy New Orleans socialite. The ghosts in the house are of some of her many slaves. While living, these people attended to her every whim and helped to keep up her stylish lifestyle. LaLaurie's friends often joked that she had one slave for every little task. In 1833 LaLaurie's slaves began disappearing frequently. One day a young servant girl, Lia, ran from LaLaurie up to a roof top. She was trying to escape and screamed for help. Witnesses on the street watched LaLaurie beat the girl. Then Lia plunged to her death as she jumped from the roof trying to get away. LaLaurie had the body concealed in a well, but police soon found it.
There is a god and he is great and I do not believe in Evolution in some forms. God created man and woman in his image and breathed life into us giving us our heavenly spirit. God is and always is, in everything and everywhere. Love those and be kind to all. Your time will come so be ready to except it and do not be afraid... Love, live and die simple!
Oh dear. I lose even more faith in the human race. UFO's have more fact behind them than religion? Ah, no. Evolution is crazy? Ah, no. You obviously don't understand evolution. Where did God come from? Well, considering he created time and space, which are therefore not applicable to him, he never came from anywhere. And don't try and say that this isn't science. It is, but we humans just don't understand it yet. Anyway, where did ANYTHING come from? Just because you can't get your head around God or evolution doesn't mean that they aren't true. I believe in both. I am sick of people who look at one side of an arguement in order to prove a conclusion that they've already come to. There is a God. Evolution is real. It's obvious, and in my opinion is ridiculous to have one without the other. Christians who think the earth is 6000 years old are morons, as are evolutionists who fail to see that evolution is designed. In the words of Billy Connolly "Don't trust anyone who only has one book"

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