Feeling macabre? Visit one of the creepiest cemeteries in the world


Our obsession with cemeteries probably has a lot to do with reminding ourselves that eventually we’ll be buried there ourselves, but when it...

Our obsession with cemeteries probably has a lot to do with reminding ourselves that eventually we’ll be buried there ourselves, but when it comes to the macabre, there’s a few cemeteries that provide a special kind of creep factor. Exposed coffins, chandeliers made of bones, and even an underwater mausoleum, these are some of the spookiest cemeteries in the world.

The Paris Catacombs

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When it comes to the most unique resting places in the world, the Paris Catacombs top the list without much competition. The macabre 18th century creation was created when the Parisian government dug up over six million bodies buried in the center of the city and moved them to the abandoned mines deep under the city.

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The Catacombs are a maze of ornately stacked bones that stretch for miles underground, placed with no regard to which bones belong to who’s skeleton, creating a mass of remains that are actually open for public tours, despite being the creepiest final resting place on the planet. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even take an unauthorized detour like this guy… just try not to get lost.

 Sedlec Ossuary

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What happens when you exhume over 50,000 graves and task a half blind monk and a woodcarver with the bodies? You get a church that is literally decorated with the bones of the deceased.

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The Sedlec Ossurary, a small Roman Catholic chapel in the Czech Republic, contains some of the most incredible chandeliers that you’ve ever seen… it contains one of every bone in the human body, complete with garlands of skulls draped around the edges.

Stull Cemetery

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For a more supernaturally weird resting place, head to the tiny town of Stull, Kansas and visit a graveyard rumored to be so scary that the pope won’t fly over it.

For well over a hundred years, stories of bizarre encounters with the Devil himself have been connected to Stull Cemetery. In 1974, the University of Kansas student newspaper wrote a piece on the strange occurrences tied to the Stull churchyard. According to the article, Stull was “haunted by diabolical, supernatural happenings.”

On March 20, 1978, more than 150 people waited in the cemetery for the arrival of the devil, a tradition that began to carry on for years afterwards. Even today, though the abandoned church is long gone, people line up along the gate on Halloween, hoping to catch a glimpse of something sinister.

Hanging Coffins

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In the Philippines, the practice of building your own coffin before your death is a common one, but in many cases, rather than be buried in the ground, many people elect to have their wooden coffins strung up to the side of a cliff.

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The reasoning is meant to keep bodies from being dug up and eaten by animals, but the downside of this is that the coffins quite often come tumbling down the cliffside, crashing open and spilling rotting corpses everywhere.

Neptune Memorial Reef

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Quite possibly the weirdest resting place in America, the Neptune Memorial Reef bills itself as an underwater mausoleum. Instead of actually taking the cremated human remains and sealing them in a vault, the ashes of the deceased are actually mixed into cement and formed into ornate sculptures.

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So far the experiment into cemetery alternatives has had a positive impact of the environment – no embalming fluids to leak into the water, no valuable land area absorbed, and new formations that promote the growth of coral reefs in the ocean.. it’s just a bit harder for your relatives to leave flowers on your grave without some scuba gear.

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