The Hauntingly Beautiful Castles and Forts Around The World
Anything beautiful is considered to be dangerous and that law applies to mansions, forts, palaces as well. Some of the most beautiful residence in the world are considered haunted due to unexplained super natural activities behind them. The only thing to accompany them are the spine chilling tales, myths and legends (or for all we know, real stories) as to how they came to be haunted in the first place. Today let us take a trip around these melancholic beautiful houses, mansions and palaces around the world which you wouldn’t dare enter unless you want to envelope yourself in some sort of supernatural realm (not a good one either). So, get ready to get that spine of yours chilled.
#1 The White House Washington, DC
Surprised? Indeed, the house of America’s first citizen is said to be haunted although not life threatening as such. Strange, supernatural incidents have been reported by the maids, servants including some of the royalties from the world and why, even the presidents themselves. They range from strange noises to actual apparition sightings (including one of the ghostly forms running away from the bathtub.)
It is widely believed that the 16th president of America, Abraham Lincoln’s ghost haunts the white house although he had visited the house only twice during his lifetime. Former president Theodore Roosevelt and even Winston Churchill have reportedly spotted Sir Abraham Lincoln’s ghost by the fireplace and other rooms as well. Wonder whether Trump will ever get a chance to witness Mr. Lincoln’s ghost. Surely he could learn a thing or two.
#2 Castle of Good Hope, South Africa
There is certainly no good hope near this haunted place for sure. The castle was built by the Dutch east India Company in the 17th century and there are many creepy, unsettling incidents surrounding this castle. One anecdote in particular, stands out or rather, creeps out the most.
In 1728, the then governor Pieter Gysbert had sentenced 7 soldiers to death who were caught trying to desert the military. It is said that one of the soldiers cursed him and demanded him to watch the execution but of course Mr. Gysbert wouldn’t hear it. However, the same night, he was found dead, slumped in his desk with a horror stricken face. Why? Mystery.
A crying apparition of a woman, called the lady in grey was seen too but strangely after a woman’s dead body was found in recent an investigation, she hasn’t appeared anymore. In 1700, a soldier was found hanging from the bell rope, overlooking the entrance of the castle. To this day, the bell strikes on its own accordance despite being sealed off. I think that is enough scary stories for one castle.
#3 Monte Cristo Homestead, New South Wales, Australia
Paranormal activities and deaths are a deadly combination (get the pun?), and this homestead which holds the title of being the most haunted place in Australia is an existing proof of that. Ever since it was built in 1885, tragic events have surrounded including that of a child’s death who was dropped down the stairs. Other deaths include that of a maid and a stable boy who apparently burned to death on the property.
One of the grim stories surrounding the homestead is that of a mentally ill Harold who was found chained up in the caretaker’s cottage. He was found beside his mother’s dead body and was later sent into a mental institution. However, one among the group of caretakers who took over the house later was found dead, in the same caretaker’s cottage. Co-incidence? I think not.
#4 Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
This fort was built by the king Sawai Madho Singh who ruled a city of about 1000 subjects. The story about the place is that a magician fell in love with the princess of the kingdom. He used black magic to try and seduce her but it didn’t work out for the poor chap. Therefore he got angry, and therefore cursed the whole village. Talk about being irrational.
Shortly after, the city was invaded which resulted in the death of all the citizens and was pretty soon reduced to a dead city. Till this day, the neighbouring people avoid the people due to various reports of ghosts being sighted. It is also advised not to visit the place in the evening as the rumours say that those who did, were only found dead in the morning.
#5 Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Sometimes when it is difficult to explain paranormal activities, people turn towards science for help because science supposedly holds answers for everything. And yet, when you look at the case of the lavish Edinburgh castle of Scotland you start doubting the validity of scientific methods in the area of occult.
A thorough research which was carried out in the castle with the most advanced equipment gave surprising results by the end of the 10 days. Half of the team of researchers experienced the activities of feeling unseen presence, shadowy presence and the repeated tugging at clothing and of course the sudden drop in the temperature. Edinburgh castle is said to have haunted by a lot of ghosts, including a very headless drummer, a phantom piper and a spectral dog.
#6 The Tower of London, England
The place is famous for its beheading under various pretexts of sedition and betrayal. This tower of London is said to have frequent visits by Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey which have scared several people out of their wits. The tower is also home for two little ghosts who were little boys sent for beheading after they were found to be illegitimate. A classic example of how innocent lives can turn into some of the gruesome accounts ever.