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Destinations that attract people who like “horror tourism”

Conspiracies, murders, ghosts, gloomy glory and crime scenes sometimes attract tourists no less than other famous tourist sites.

We present some tourist destinations whose history is related to crime, blood and violence. Horror tourism also attracts people!

The Colosseum in Rome

The construction of the Roman Colosseum (Colosseum) was started by Emperor Titus Flavius ​​Vespasian in 75 AD. The Colosseum was built for “entertaining” purposes, such as animal abuse and gladiator fights, in front of thousands of spectators.

Horror tourism: The Roman Coliseum

The statistics are horrifying…:

According to legend, in 246 AD, 32 elephants, 60 lions, 40 wild horses and many other animals were killed in the Roman Colosseum: moose, zebras, tigers, giraffes, hippos. And about 2000 gladiators have been fighting other gladiators.

Under Julius Caesar, 400 lions were killed in the Colosseum. At Pompeii – 600 lions, 400 leopards and 20 elephants. Subsequently, the number of animals killed in the arena only increased. The games, organized by Mark Ulpius Trajan in honor of his victory and there were executed around 11,000 different animals. During the reign of Emperor Trajan, about 40,000 people were killed in the Colosseum.

At the same time, the first Christians were thrown into the arena of the Colosseum. They were considered the main culprits at the beginning of the fall of Rome. One of the first in the Coliseum was the martyr St. Ignatius the Epiphany, Bishop of Antioch. Before his death, he addressed the Roman Christians with the words:

“Roman men, you know that I am condemned to death not for crime, but for my only God, with whose love I am embraced and to whom I aspire. I am His grain, and I will be grinded with the teeth of the beasts, that I may be His pure bread. “

Immediately afterwards, the saint was torn to pieces by the lions dragged by the guards. After him, many Christians shed their blood in the arena of the Colosseum.

In the mid-18th century, the Roman Catholic Church, in the person of Pope Benedictus XIV, granted the Colosseum a holy place, since it was the site of the death of the first Christian martyrs. On July 19, 2000, the Coliseum reopened for public performance. Today, it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Rome and one of the most famous places on the planet.

The Castle of Count Dracula in Romania

The Bran Castle of Transylvania is better known as the Castle of Count Dracula. It was built in the Carpathians, on the edge of the scariest abyss there. The style of the castle meets the standards of the Gothic style. There are narrow aisles, stone steps, and narrow rooms which are more suited to a vampire than a normal person.

Horror tourism: The Transylvanian Bran Castle

The castle looks quite in the spirit of Bram Stoker’s (Bram Stoker) famous novel’s presentation in  Dracula. And the main chimney seemed to come from horror movies, like in the high wind, there were loud sounds like howls. The castle has 56 rooms and one of them has a huge canopy bed. According to legend, it was there that Count Dracula sucked the blood of his victims.

Vlad Tepes

The building is called “The Castle of Horrors” thanks to Vlad Tepes. He gets the nickname Count Dracula and the reputation of a bloody monster.

The Spilled Blood Savior Church in St. Petersburg

The elegant appearance of the Cathedral of the Resurrection is in Russian style and contrasts with the event, in memory of which it was created. It is difficult to imagine that on March 1, 1881, two dozen blooded bodies, including a mortally wounded emperor with broken legs, were lying in this place, now visited by tourists.

Horror tourism: Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ

The People’s Will organization condemned the emperor to death, though Alexander II Nikolaevich was not a tyrant like his father. He was deservedly called the Liberator – slavery in Russia was finally abolished. However, there have been numerous attacks against Alexander II.

Alexander II

On March 1, 1881, Alexander II returned to the Winter Palace. The first bomb only damaged his carriage. The emperor came out of it and even managed to ask Nikolai Rusakov, who threw the bomb. At that moment, the terrorist Ignatius Grinewitzki blows up a second bomb at his feet, which also hits Alexander II.

The very place where the emperor was mortally wounded – part of the grate and cobblestone flooring – is kept inside the church, beneath the western dome. The surrounding streets were named with the names of the main participants in the plot – Sofia Perovskaya and Andrey Zhelyabov, – Mala Konyushenny and Bolshaya Konyushenny.

Telem Abbey, Sicily

Alistair Crowley is considered one of the most famous and scandalous occultists in the world (Aleister Crowley). In the 1920s, its huge home was literally considered the world center for Satanism and its associated orgies. Today, Crowley has many fans, one of them is Marilyn Manson. The occultist himself even appeared on the cover of one of the Beatles’ albums.

Alistair Crowley

Crowley started his own Telem Abbey with the motto: “Do what you want“. The community has become a place for free love. Beginners were housed in the Nightmare Room, where, under the influence of drugs, they stared at murals depicting heaven, earth and hell.

Horror tourism: part of Telem Abbey

However, when a famous English aristocrat died at the abbey, the press raised a huge scandal and forced Crowley to close its abbey.

In 1945, this story was filmed, but the movie mysteriously disappears.

Today, the abbey is not functioning. However, the murals that Crowley used to scare his “servants” are still on the walls. The site attracts esotericists, occultists and paranormal researchers.

The beach of a hotel in Pattaya, Thailand

On February 24, 2007, two Russian tourists were killed in Thailand. The bodies of the girls were found by police lying on beach chairs. The girls’ personal belongings were untouched.

The victims of the murder are Lyubov Svirkova, 25, and her friend Tatiana Zimfer, 30, both Russians. They were wearing swimwear and probably resting on the beach in the early morning. On the table next to the dead was a cellphone, a pack of cigarettes, two small bottles of Thai whiskey and a soft drink.

Soon, Thai police uncovered the murder. The culprit was a Thai, the wife of a Russian businessman who worked in Pattaya. The woman hated the girls because of their relationship with her husband and ordered their murder for a small sum.

Sampran Temple, Bangkok

To the east of Bangkok, lies the unusual Wat Samphran (The Dragon Temple). In practice, there is no information about it. What can be found for it are a few pictures on the internet and incompatible descriptions.

Horror tourism: Sampran Temple

This is a temple that could easily claim the title of Top World Tourist Site. But, tourists and pilgrims do not go there, and the paths are covered with vines.

A curtain of silence falls on the temple at the beginning of this century, when, at the end of last century, the then rector of the monastery and a priest known in the Buddhist world were convicted of raping young girls. Moreover, his accomplices were several nuns who knew about the lusts of the “teacher” but not only covered him, but also led young girls to the monastery.

In the end, the abbot was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Accompanying nuns have also been sentenced.


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10 shocking superpowers in humans

We do not know how to become invisible or fly without aids ,but still people are not so simple ,as it seems. Some of us are granted the amazing properties ,which could be described as superhuman, though not so obvious, like mutants from ‘X-Men.”

As expected, any such ability can be either a gift or a curse. Some of them can be ignored for many years, and they manifest themselves in different ways. Here are the top ten most shocking human abilities. Who knows, maybe you have one of them?

Super taste is one of the most widespread abilities, which to some extent possesses about a quarter of all people. Thanks to him, the taste of food becomes brighter several times, making sweet things sweeter, bitter – bitter , etc. In general, the super taste is manifested in women and residents of Asia, Africa and South America.

Golden Blood is Rh zero blood, the rarest in the world. Over the past half century, only forty people have been found with this type of blood, at the moment there are only nine alive. Rh-zero is suitable for absolutely everyone, since it does not contain any antigens in the Rh system, but its carriers can be saved only by the same “brother in golden blood”.

Supervision. Tetrachromacy is a rare combination of genes that allows only 2-3% of women around the world to see up to 100 million colors, when ordinary people see only 1 million.Primates, including humans, are trichromats, born with three types of cones in the eye (types are responsible for red , green and blue, RGB). Tetrachromats are born with four types of cones, which provide them with such amazing vision.

Hyperelastic skin. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue that affects the joints and skin. Despite a number of serious complications, people with this ailment are able to painlessly bend their limbs at any angle. The image of the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is based in part on this syndrome.

Echolocation is one of the abilities that any person possesses to one degree or another. Blind people learn to use it to perfection, and this is largely the basis of the superhero Daredevil. You can test your skill by standing with your eyes closed in the center of the room and loudly clicking your tongue in different directions. If you are a master of echolocation, you can determine the distance to any object.

Eternal youth sounds much better than it really is. A mysterious illness dubbed “Syndrome X” prevents a person from any sign of growing up. A famous example is Brooke Megan Greenberg, who lived to be 20 years old and at the same time physically and mentally remained at the level of a two-year-old. There are only three known cases of this disease.

The insensitivity to pain exhibited by the superhero Kick-Ass is a real disease that prevents the body from feeling pain, heat, or cold. The ability is quite heroic, but thanks to it, a person can easily harm himself without realizing it and is forced to live very carefully.

Indestructible bones. There is an incredibly rare mutation called LRP5 that rewards a tiny percentage of humans with indestructible bones. It was first discovered when, during a terrible accident, one of the participants which was not injured at all. The disadvantages of LRP5 include an increased chance of getting liver disease.

Super Strength is one of the most popular abilities among superheroes, but one of the rarest in the real world. Mutations associated with a lack of myostatin protein lead to a significant increase in muscle mass in a person with no growth of adipose tissue. There are only two known cases of such defects among all people, and in one of them a two-year-old child has the body and strength of a bodybuilder.

Absolute Immunity is one of the most useful special abilities, providing protection against most deadly ailments, including cancer and heart disease. This mutation has no drawbacks, not counting the fact that an entire army of scientists is hunting for every person with absolute immunity.

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Londoners ordered to pack their emergency backpacks

The Wandsworth Council of South London tweeted an emergency warning urging people to plan for an emergency and pack useful items such as a flashlight, first aid kit, phone charger and whistle in their backpack. In comments to the news, the authorities said that the bag will come in handy “if you need to immediately run out of the house, not having time to pack.”

Hundreds of social media users immediately began to comment on this post. Many of them said they were worried about the warning, while others asked the question: why do we need to urgently run from home during the coronavirus pandemic?

One person writes, “Wow. What did I miss? Have we faced an imminent emergency evacuation due to a hurricane / flood / fire / meteorite strike / other? Or did you just decide to scare everyone for no apparent reason? “

Another person wrote that before making such announcements, the city council had to “take into account the concern that such an alert might cause in people.” The third person writes: “I am not very worried, it is useless, nevertheless, after reading the message from the city council, I decided that something happened.” Other Londoners criticized the wording and nature of the emergency warning, with one woman claiming she was “fed up with all the panics” that occur during the COVID-19 epidemic. She said the advice should have thought about people who experienced increased levels of anxiety or mental health problems during isolation before posting such a post.

Labor MP Tooting Rosena Allin-Khan agreed that the authorities did not offer any context for the message:

“We are working with our emergency planning team to send out daily tweets telling people how to prepare for different situations.”

However, due to a flaw in the city council or for some other reason, a certain panic arose in the city. Londoners were already worried about the news that new restrictions will be announced this week in connection with the pandemic, and suddenly against this backdrop, the city council publishes this:

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, commenting on the situation in front of Sky News on Monday night, said that he worked with local council leaders and public health experts to develop a plan to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the capital. According to him, the plan includes additional rules “to slow down the spread of the virus.” He also noted that he hopes the Prime Minister will invite him to an emergency COBRA meeting on Tuesday to “discuss in an adult way additional measures we can take to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

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Did Angels visit a farm in Slovenia after Jerusalem?

A few days ago, a UFO hovered over the city of Podkoren in Slovenia, the appearance of which was recorded on Google Earth maps. The famous Taiwanese ufologist Scott Waring suggested that it could be an angel, given its bright glow and peculiar shape.

On his YouTube channel, Waring posted a photo of an unidentified object that glowed very brightly. The ufologist examined a number of photographs in the same area at different times and made sure that there was nothing reflecting there, which means that it is quite possible that these were events of biblical significance.

The researcher stressed that the trees are not lit. Consequently, the object is well above them. Given the brightness of the glow, it is likely that we are talking not only about UFOs, but also about angels that can visit people living in this area.

He recalled that similar objects were recorded in Jerusalem above a stone dome. The Bible tells a similar story. The author emphasized that he is not a religious person, and the conducted research only confirms his theory.

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