10 places nobody loves.

Places Nobody Loves

 

By Mia V.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Virginia (p. 3)

 

Moundsville Penitentiary, Ohio (p. 6)

 

Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia (p. 8)

 

Tower of London, London (p. 11)

 

The Island of Dolls, Mexico (p. 13)

 

Paris Catatcombs, Paris (p. 15)

 

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland (p. 17)

 

Sedlec Ossuary, Czech  Republic (p. 19)

 

Bran Castle Romania (p. 21)

 

Hellfire Club, Dublin (p. 23)

 

Conclusion (p. 25)

 

Works Cited (p. 26)

Table of Contents

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     Imagine visting an island full of doll heads and doll body parts. Creepy, right? Well, you can actually visit that place! You can also visit other sinister places such as a chapel with decorations made out of human bones and a jail that is said to be haunted by dead prisoners' souls, or a vampire's castle. If you want to learn more about places nobody loves, then keep reading!

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History

 

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is said to be haunted by the patients who died there, which makes this place not a top tourist attraction. It used to be the Weston State Hospital for mental illnesses in the mid 1800s and many patients met the end of their lives there before its closing in 1864. Also, some people claim that the spirits of the people who died there haunt the whole area, not just the actual building.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum,

West Virginia

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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum,

West Virginia

      Construction started in 1858 and ended in 1881. It is the largest hand-cut masonry in North America and the second largest in the world, the largest being the Kremlin. The Weston State Hospital was also built to look like the Kremlin. The wings were arranged in a staggered formation so the buildings recieved sunglight and fresh air.

     It was designed to hold 250 patients in 1864. But by the 1950s, it held 2,400 patients. It ended up being a crowded hospital with poor conditions.

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Visiting Information

    

     Today, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum offers so-called "Ghost Hunts" overnight, from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am during which visitors can choose to tour the place alone or with special guides. The tour costs $100.

     It's up to you to decide whether this is worth seeing apparition sightings, hearing voices or experiencing other paranormal activity. If this is too much, you can go on a "Heritage Tour" during which you can learn about the treatment of the mentally ill. 

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, 

West Virginia

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Moundsville Penitentiary,

West Virginia

History

     The prison named Moundsville Penitentiary was an infamous jail known for very violent executions like hangings and electrocutions, and surprisingly, people still choose to visit this place. Some prisoners even murdered each other. In its long, one hundred years of operation about 1,000 notorious criminals died there.      

     In 1876, it was built for 480 prisoners but in the 1930s, 2,400 prisoners had cells there. Sometimes there would be three prisoners in a five by seven feet cell. Because of the violent punishments, West Virginia officials closed down the prison in 1995 and today it is an infamous tourist attraction. 

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Visiting Information

     If you tour it today, some people say you can still hear the tortured spirits around the penitentiary. You may choose between "Daily Tours" (Group Tours, Day Tours, History Mystery Mondays, and Photography Tours)  , "3-Hour Investigations" (Thriller Thursdays and Twilight Tours), or "Overnight Investigations" (Private Paranormal and Ghost Adventures). These tours are certainly not for everyone! 

Moundsville Penitentiary, 

West Virginia

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History

     

     Most people don’t like Fort Mifflin because they think it’s haunted. Built in 1771, Fort Mifflin is the only Revolutionary Battleffield still standing. One can see the fourteen buildings that were restored. Spirits are said to haunt the area, so people reported that they heard a screaming lady numerous times.

 

Fort Mifflin,

Philadelphia

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     The fort is located outside of Philadelphia on the Deleware River. The fort helped protect the capital against the siege of the British Empire. The fort was destroyed in 1777 and was rebuilt twenty years later.

    According to various reports, the second floor balcony is haunted by the Lamp Lighter's ghost. This is said to be a pale figure in the twilight carrying a long pole with a light used for the lamps. Another ghost that appears is called the Faceless Man and he is the ghost of a war criminal. The Screaming Lady, yet another ghost, is never seen but is apparently often heard and is very loud.

Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia

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Visiting Information

     

     Today, Fort Mifflin offers educational programs like school field trips, paranormal programs with special tours for paranormal enthusiasts, and scouting programs as day trips and overnight stays.

     Ghosts are said to often appear in photos taken there. A selfie with a ghost, anyone? Maybe not! 

Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia

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History

    

     Executions performed in the Tower of London turned it into a scary place for visitors.The Tower of London was many things before it was a tourist attraction. It was a fortress, a royal residence, a storage for military equipment and weapons, and a violent prison.

     The prison was not for regular prisoners, but for people accused of treason, such as trying to kill the king, helping rebels, or making fake coins. 

     

 

 

Tower of London, London

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Visiting Information

    

     The ghoulish stone tower is thought to be haunted by ghosts because many people were executed there and it is believed that their spirits haunt the tower.

     There are various tours offered, but the question is: are you ready to see torture chambers? 

 

 

Tower of London, London

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History

    

     The Island of Dolls is self explanatory: an island full of freaky dolls. It belonged to a man named Julian Santana Barrera. While he was living there, he discovered a dead girl’s body and soon after, he also found a doll floating on one of the canals. The doll most likely had belonged to the dead girl. As a sign of respect towards the girl, the man hung the doll on a tree. However, he was haunted by the girl and in order to ward off the spirit of the dead girl he started hanging more doll heads and doll body parts on sticks and on trees around his peculiar island. Quite a peucliar sight!

The Island of Dolls, Mexico

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Visiting Information 

     While the dolls look threatening in the day, at night they look as if they’ve popped out of your worst nightmare. Legends say that the dolls can move their arms and even open their eyes. Some people claim to have heard the dolls whispering to each other.

     After the owner of the island died, the dolls remained there and the island became a tourist attraction that was featured in articles and TV shows. All this press must the only reason why this place became a tourist attraction.

The Island of Dolls, Mexico

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Paris Catacombs, Paris

History

     The undergrounds of the Paris Catacombs are like a maze full of human bones, so it's hard to believe anyone would to want to visit.  They contain the bones and skulls of approximately six million people, arranged in spooky patterns.

     There is a spiral staircase leading to them, and they extend for 280 km, and are full of eerie tunnels and caverns. They are located in old limestone mines. These were transformed into burial places in the 18th century because the existing cemeteries in Paris at that time became overpopulated and because they were a breeding ground for disease. 

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Visiting Information

     The Paris Catacombs are still open to the public today, however the access to them is limited. This place can be a point of no return! Believe it or not, many have gotten lost in the Catacombs and died. This is why a special division of the Paris police department was created to patrol them. Still, today many nosy tourists sneak into the unmapped sections of the Catacombs to see what they can discover. This is not safe! 

 

Paris Catacombs, Paris

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History

     One of Scotland’s most haunted sights is the Edinburgh Castle. The castle is a fortress more than 900 years old and in the medieval era, it was an important royal residence. Many people have been killed in the castle’s dungeons and the spirits of the people killed there appear as ghosts, according to legend. People say that a phantom piper, a headless drummer, and a ghost dog live in the castle. Wouldn’t you like to visit that spooky place?  

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

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Visiting Information

     In 2001, a group of scientists conducted the largest paranormal investigation in history. 200 people were used and many reported shadowy figures, and sudden drops in temperature. Some had the feeling that they were being watched and others had the impression that something was pulling at their clothes.

     Today, visitors can go on guided tours and see for themselves if they experience what others have reported! It sounds spooky but might be fun to visit! 

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

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 History

     The Sedlec Ossuary is a small, sinister chapel in the Czech Republic, with decorations made out of human bones, and yet, some people consider it worth a visit. The remains of 40,000 people were used to decorate this chapel.

     The history of Sedlec Ossuary starts with an abbot named Henry. He brought a jar of earth from Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified. He spread that dirt over the Sedlec Cemetery.  Thus, it became a very desired place for burial, especially for wealthy people. After 1400, a church of All -Saints was erected in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel for bones from abolished graves.

 

Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

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Visiting Information

 

     In 1870, a wood carver started to arrange the bones in the chapel. So, the Church of Bones was created. In 1870, a wood carver started to arrange the bones in the chapel. Thus the church of Bones was created. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel. Other odd decorations like a bone chandelier, and garlands made of skulls attract about 200,000 visitors every year.

 

 

 

Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

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History

     Bran Castle is located in Transylvania, Romania, and is believed to be the home of Count Dracula. This count is a fictitious character from Bram Stoker’s novel "Dracula", based on a Romanian prince, Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracul (“drac” means devil in Romanian). His castle was Bran Castle and he ruled in the 15th century. 

     Vlad Dracul was a smart, but very cruel ruler. He had harsh punishments for everyone who did not follow the law and for soldiers captured during the battles to protect the homeland. He often impaled the captured invaders.

Bran Castle, Romania

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Visiting Information

 

     After Bram Stoker's novel and given Vlad's violent personality, it made sense to market Vlad’s castle as a scary, vampire castle.  In his castle, the staircases are built in spirals so they appear mysterious and frightening. Also, tourists can buy vampire merchandize to carry on the legend of Dracula.

Bran Castle, Romania

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History

     The Hellfire Club is an ancient burial site made out of gravestones, and yet it sounds appealing to some people. After completion, the roof was blown off by a storm and people thought it was the work of the devil or a sign that the spirits of the dead were upset. The abandoned home of the Hellffire Club is located on the Montpellier Hill outside of Dublin. It was originally built as a hunting lodge. 

Hellffire Club, Dublin

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Visiting Information

     After being abandoned for a few years, the building became the meeting place for Dublin’s Hellfire Club. It is said that the members of the club worshipped the devil in this building. There are many stories about strange things happening at night within the building even many years after the Hellfire Club stopped using the structure.

     If you'd like to find out for yourself whether these stories are true, you should visit the Hellfire Club!

Hellffire Club, Dublin

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Conclusion

     All ten of these places are bone-chilling. Why do people think they are frightening? It might be because they seem to be haunted or have a spooky history or appearance. How brave are you? Will you visit these places?

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