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Destinations that attract people who like “horror tourism”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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An abnormal phenomenon on Earth captured from space: NASA and ESA have never seen such lightning

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The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) observatory has recorded five blue jets , an anomalous type of lightning that strikes from the top of a thundercloud into the stratosphere. This is reported in an article published in the journal Nature.

On January 20, a video filmed from the International Space Station was posted on the channel of the European Space Agency, which puzzled all academics who study the atmosphere and build theories about how everything works there:

The 10 microsecond jets were sighted on February 26, 2019, near Nauru Island in the Pacific Ocean. One of the lightning flashes produced a jet that reached the stratopause – the boundary between the stratosphere and the ionosphere at an altitude of about 50 to 55 kilometers. In addition to the jets, “elves” were recorded, which are expanding rings of optical and ultraviolet radiation in the stratosphere, lasting no more than a millisecond.

Electrical phenomena in the upper atmosphere are poorly understood and attract a lot of attention from physicists from around the world. They are short-lived and vary greatly with altitude. 

Blue jets occur during electrical breakdown between the positively charged top of a thundercloud and the negatively charged air layer above it. As a result, a leader is formed – a conducting channel of ionized air, through which the discharge propagates. However, in this case, the radiation from the leader was weak, which indicates that the leader itself was short compared to the conductive channels of conventional lightning.

The blue jets belong to streamers – branched filaments of electrical discharges, similar to those generated by Tesla coils. In addition, blue jets are more likely to occur as a phenomenon than previously thought.

Some of the most mysterious are the “elves”. Their name comes from the abbreviation ELVES , which stands for “Emission of Light and Very Low Frequency perturbations due to Electromagnetic Pulse Sources.”. These phenomena reach four hundred kilometers in diameter and occur at an altitude of about one hundred kilometers. The list of optical phenomena associated with electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere does not end there. There are also TROLL , Pixie , Ghost, and Gnome , but their nature is even less understood. 

There is nothing like this, that is, such strange huge lightning has never been observed before. Something is happening in the Earth’s atmosphere, and it started quite recently. How it will end and what will result in – we do not know, since people living today have no such experience.

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Ancient asteroid sent dinosaur bones into moon

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The impact of the asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was so powerful that it sent into space huge volumes of earth’s soil and rocks from the crash site. But together with them, he could send into orbit the remains of living beings, including dinosaurs.

Such a possibility is discussed in the book “The End of the World” by the scientific journalist and winner of several awards Peter Brannen, according to the Daily Mail.

It is known that an asteroid or meteorite about 10 km in size collided with the Earth 66 million years ago, forming the Chikshulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. About 15 trillion tons of ash and soot were thrown into the air. Because of  this, during the day it was dark on Earth, like a moonlit night.

As a result of the lack of light in plants, photosynthesis slowed down, which could lead to a decrease in the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere. Temperatures on continents dropped by 28 ° C, in oceans by 11 ° C. The disappearance of phytoplankton has led to the extinction of zooplankton and other marine animals. Other species died after them. 

This is one of the largest mass extinctions in the history of the Earth, which is called the Cretaceous-Paleogene. Brannen, trying to make the numbers more descriptive, points out that the asteroid (or meteorite) was larger than Everest and crashed into the atmosphere 20 times faster than a flying bullet. At the same time, the pressure of the atmosphere was so strong that a crater in the Yucatan began to form even before the asteroid fell.

The “response” release of soil into the atmosphere occurred only within a second or two after the impact and was incredibly powerful.

“So there are probably little pieces of dinosaur bones on the moon,” Brannen suggests.

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Loud booms, glowing rings and asteroids: The Earth’s magnetic field began to periodically disappear

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Recently, scientists have begun registering too many anomalies associated with the Earth’s magnetic field. It periodically weakens or disappears altogether, deforms and twists. Experts cannot yet say for sure what is happening to the planet.

American researcher James Kaufman published interesting results: for some reason, the density of the solar wind in the nighttime part of the planet is much higher. As soon as the sun rises, this density begins to decrease.

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Previously, the solar plasma went in the direction of the orbit of Mars and other planets, but now it moves in the opposite direction from the globe.

It is impossible to find an explanation based on existing physical laws. Some have put forward the incredible hypothesis that the Sun has turned into a black hole and is now close to the Earth.

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According to some researchers, this could lead to the fact that the radiation does not move from the Sun to other planets, but from Pluto to the Sun.

According to other experts, on the side of Mars there may be a massive body, the radiation of which is comparable to that of the sun. A second stream is created, which blows off the Earth’s plasma and carries it to the Sun. 

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The presence of such a space object could explain the multiple increase in the number of meteorites, comets, asteroids falling to the Earth and flying past it – which can be a cloud of debris going in front of such a huge object. 

The closer this object approaches the Earth, the more falling meteorites will be, and as the object approaches, the size of the meteorites falling to the Earth will increase. Then, loud boom sound are getting more intense and sun-like objects appear out of nowhere:

As far as we know, neither the airlines nor even the Pentagon have such devices. Moreover, the thing was somehow very powerful, since its brightness is phenomenal – the light sources merged into one and illuminated the entire space around., have prepared an excellent overview of the so-called “booms in the sky” that have been roaring over the United States lately:

People hear a rumble, as if the fighter took the sound barrier directly overhead. But – no one sees any planes anywhere. Unfortunately, it is very rare to “photograph” the crash, but it so happened that one woman accidentally filmed how her door to the veranda began to shake from this “boom in the sky”:

What kind of object could it be and create all these anomalies? For example, a wandering planet, the same mysterious planet X (aka Nibiru in the ancient epic of the Sumerians)?.

These are only assumptions, and it takes time to find out what is really happening with our planet.

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