Ten famous haunted houses
Today, the popular culture a jump of interest in the paranormal. Ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot are represented on the pages of newspapers and magazines almost more often than pop stars. Transmission of television devoted to the work of psychics and mediums, have high ratings.
In connection with this it comes as no surprise that haunted houses are very popular among tourists: mystical stories related to a particular attraction, added to her popularity. Spirit of the former owner, who at night wandering around the hotel, guests are not deterred, and forces them to stay for a couple of nights.
Forbes magazine has selected 10 buildings on the planet, which should visit every self-respecting ghost hunter.
Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, CA)
Oliver Fisher Winchester has been a successful manufacturer of garments for men, but in the mid-fifties of the XIX century began to make weapons. Rifles and shotguns its production quickly gained worldwide fame, but his family has brought - the curse. That is the assumption put forward a medium, which invited the daughter of Winchester, after one by one her father in law and her husband died. For 15 years before she lost her daughter.
Visiting medium noted that all the misfortunes of the family ghosts of those who were killed by weapons produced. To get rid of this curse, he advised the widow to build a huge house with many rooms - to confuse the ghosts.
Mrs. Winchester exactly follow the instructions of the medium. And because she believed that her life will terminate at the time when the construction is completed, the house constantly rebuilt, one after another ladder rest against the ceiling and patio doors leading to nowhere, unknown purpose partitions and openings where barely squeezes adult. By the time the hostess's death in 1922, the building was more than 150 rooms, of which today can wander anyone.
Grand Hyatt Taipei Hotel (Taipei, Taiwan)
"Good hotel, only rest the ghosts do not give", "Service is excellent, but the bed is absolutely impossible because of some obscure rustles," "exit from the elevator - have seen the spirit" - similar reviews Hotel Grand Hyatt Taipei is often found on travel forums.
A clue is that the hotel is built on the site of the prison where during the Second World War killed many prisoners. Hotel workers from the first days of its existence became syshat sounds that could be heard from behind the doors of empty rooms: voices, footsteps, the laughter, the clink of glasses. Soon paranormal activity began to notice, and guests in the corridors they met disembodied entity and the rooms someone shifted objects from place to place, even though the cleaners swore that it was not their doing.
Concerned about the hotel management asked for the help to experts in feng shui. After inspecting the building, the experts have placed it in strategic locations scrolls with spells that repel ghosts. Judging by the fact that the guests are still there haunted, it did not help.
Old-New Synagogue (Prague, Czech Republic)
It is the oldest synagogue in Europe, it was built in the middle of the XIII century. Since then it connected with it a large number of legends, the most famous of which is the Golem of Prague - a giant clay man. It was created in the XVI century Prague Rabbi Yehuda Lev ben Bezalel, not for protection, not to help with the housework. After creating the rabbi had a magical ritual, during which Leo put the Golem in the mouth plate with Shem - the sacred name of God, and the giant earthen alive. Since then, every day, Leo took out the shem out of the mouth of the Golem, but one day, in the night from Friday to Saturday, I forgot to do it. The giant went to roam the streets at night, and instead of protecting, became to kill and destroy everything in your way. Once it barely managed to calm the deprived life of the clay body was dragged to the attic and the Old New Synagogue forbidden to go there. The modern part of the legend tells the story of a secret agent of Nazi Germany, which in the 1940s, despite the ban, went up to the attic - and died under mysterious circumstances. In addition, people still believe that once in '33 Giant wakes up at night and avoids the Jewish Quarter, and meeting with them is fraught with sad consequences.
Château de Brissac (Brissac-Quincy, France)
The castle, which is located in the Loire Valley, in a distant fifteenth century there was a double murder. The beginning of the tragedy in 1462, when Jacques de Breze, one of the first owners of Château de Brissac, married Charlotte de Valois. At a time when the newly-born husband was hunting in the surrounding woods, his wife alone wandering through the magnificent halls and eventually got himself a lover. Treason de Breze found only in the fifteenth year of marriage of a servant who one night, waking the owner, said that he found in the arms of Mrs. local gamekeeper. Osvirepevshey husband grabbed a sword and rushed into the bedroom of his wife and her lover killed first and then herself.
After the funeral of Jacques de Breze imprisoned in a dungeon in the Château de Brissac settled ghosts. Charlotte, the new owners of the castle known as the Lady in green - during his lifetime, it was her favorite color. The lady in green is quite harmless, and only his silent presence reminds us that will always be the mistress of the castle. By the way, this is a ghost only to men. Charlotte's lover, on the other hand, prefers women. Those who crave the thrill of € 390 can spend the night in one of the historic bedrooms: Lady in green will surely come to check whether its assets consist of spoil.
Joelma Building / Praca da Bandeira Building (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
The sad history of the building took place February 1, 1974, when about nine in the morning due to a short circuit in the air conditioning system, a fire broke out on the 12th floor of 25-storey administrative building Joelma Building. The fire quickly engulfed the entire building, which had no emergency exits, no fire alarm. Oklo three hundred people were rescued, but they suffered burns of varying severity. More than 180 people in that terrible morning died, and 40 of them jumped out of the window in the hope of salvation.
Reconstruction of the building lasted for four years, it is now fully complies with fire safety standards. However, the offices in it relieve reluctantly officials claim that in the evening there is absolutely impossible to be due to the sounds of unknown origin - groans, cries, stamping of feet. Some even occasionally feel a distinct smell of burning. Moreover, Brazilian ghost hunters argue that in the past in place Joelma Building was a well, where in the 1940s the bodies of victims of a serial killer were found. Likely chtov modern building home to as many as two generations of ghosts.
Point Hicks Lighthouse (Point Hicks, Croajingolong National Park National Park, Australia)
This lighthouse, located on Cape Hicks, considered the highest in Australia. However, he is not famous for it. In April 1947, local newspapers reported, "The man disappeared at Cape Everard" - because in those years the name of this stretch of coast. This man was a kind Kristofferson, lighthouse keeper, who left to set traps to shellfish. A few years later, when this unusual story has already begun to forget, the new lighthouse keeper once heard footsteps. The man was definitely sure that in one building, except it does not have yet heard someone heavy tread up the long spiral staircase. Since then, the ghost of the old caretaker regularly visits the lighthouse, stomping, wheezing, and sometimes even polish the door handles. Every year a large number of tourists come to Point Hicks not only to admire the beauty of the people here, the views from the top of the lighthouse area, but also to hear the sounds that it produces disembodied inhabitant. You can even spend the night, there are several cottages and bungalows. The cost of living in them varies from 100 to 330 Australian dollars per day, and unpretentious Visitors can stay at the campsite.
The Myrtles Plantation (Louisiana, USA)
The Myrtles Plantation - Myrtle Plantation is one of the most haunted houses USA. History of the House begins with 1796, when the house was built by General Dave Bradford.
Locals attribute the appearance of ghosts in the house with the biography of the General's daughter and her husband. In this family I had a slave named Chloe, who very much loved to eavesdrop. Once the owner caught her doing this to punish and permanently wean Woman of the habit, cut off her ear. Chloe was forced since then constantly go to the wrap around the head scarf. She decided to take revenge and baked poisonous cake, adding to the dough oleander leaves. But a terrible coincidence, the cake eaten no man, and all the rest of his family, consisting of his wife and two daughters. All of them died in agony. Enraged slaves lynched Chloe, and since then, her ghost wanders around the house and the surrounding garden. Victims, too, were unable to leave the estate they left on the furniture fingerprints hide personal belongings of guests and are in their mirrors. While some do not believe in legends Mirtova plantation, tourists vying to tell the story of how, during their excursions chased strange clumps of fog, and the lodgers - on how to spilled the evening meal in the morning found the prints of children's feet.
Embassy of Tunisia - "House of Beria" (Moscow)
Cozy house, situated in the center of Moscow previously belonged to one of the most notorious figures in the history of the USSR - Lavrenty Beria. The head of the NKVD lived here since the late thirties until his death. Most feared Beria girl. It was rumored that he could have stopped his car next to a beautiful woman he liked and invited her to his guests, regardless of opinions, and that if after a visit to the house on Malaya Nikitskaya many "guest" disappeared without a trace.
Local old-timers say that a few times a month near the house can be observed a strange phenomenon: late at night from the Garden Ring pulls an invisible car, slammed the door, voices, then cuts through the darkness stifled woman's scream - and everything dies down. However, inside the embassy sometimes mysterious events occur: from safes disappear documents, unattended paper are crumpled, and in the corridors of the employees repeatedly met the ghost of the former owner. Several years ago, the press leaked the information that the instruments of torture were found in the basement of the mansion Beria, but reliable evidence of this was found.
The Stanley Hotel (Colorado, USA)
Thriller Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" based on the book by Stephen King is one of the worst movies in the history of cinema. However, few people know that in 1997, on the television screens out the mini-series "The Shining", some scenes of which were shot in the luxurious The Stanley Hotel. Here's why: for a long time believed that the atmosphere of this hotel, and was inspired to create a King novel. It all began with the fact that began to complain of the cook, if out of the ballroom, which is located above the kitchen, hear the sounds of revelry, although the room was empty. Somewhat later, at the hotel there was an invisible musician plays the piano in the evenings. Guests also at night could hear children's laughter, and some even threw themselves emboldened ghosts or small objects, deciding to play in caring nannies, tuck them blankets. Hotel owners are not confused and turned to their advantage all the related rumors. They are not only not going to chase ghosts, but, on the contrary, offer rooms for guests where paranormal activity is particularly high, - 407, 428, 1302 and 217 (say, it stayed very Stephen King), and the internal TV channel around the clock show kubrikovskoe " Radiance".
Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh, Scotland)
This luxurious historic castle is located in the heart of the Scottish capital on the 133-meter cliff. Edinburgh Castle for more than a thousand years of its existence, has got a whole army of ghosts. Two of the most famous love different music. The first - a headless drummer, which appears when the city is in danger: they say that it was he who in 1650 warned the inhabitants of the castle that he is approached by the troops of Oliver Cromwell. Second - piper, perished without a trace in the maze of dungeons, where during the Seven Years' War, the British kept French prisoners (their spirits, by the way, too, still can not calm down). It is home to four-legged and ghosts due to located on the territory of the canine cemetery where they buried the dogs belonging to the garrison officers. One of them became a cult character in Scottish mythology of modern times: Terrier Bobby spent 14 years at the grave of his master, and earned a posthumous monument. A ghost named Mr. Booth differ nasty character. An old man in a frock coat, a cocked hat and high leather boots often pursues tour groups, guests lock pulls his clothes, throws stones at them, shuts the door in front of them, and he especially loves to scare young girls.