1. Snake Island: The highest concentration of one of the most venomous snakes in the world is located about 90 miles off the coast of Santos, Brazil, on a small, craggy chunk of otherwise uninhabitable land. It’s known as Ilha da Queimada Grande, or Snake Island, and it’s the only place you will find 2,000 or so of the wholly unique golden lancehead viper, or Bothrops insularis, which can kill a human in under an hour. It’s estimated that there is one snake for every square meter on the island.
2. Hill of Crosses: The Hill of Crosses is a hill in northern Lithuania with an estimated 100.000 crosses on it. In the 1800s people started putting crosses on the hill when they could not locate the bodies of perished loved ones. When Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1944 people started putting crosses on the hill again as a form of peaceful resistance.
3. The catacombs of Palermo: The Catacombs of Palermo is an underground burial crypt in Italy. In 1599 monks started mummifying bodies and putting them in the catacombs. As long as the family paid for a deceased person the body would stay in here. The last burials in the catacombs were in the 1920s. The Catacombs hold the remains of about 8000 people.
4. St Georges Church: In 1968 the roof of this old church in the Czech Republic collapsed. The locals believed this was a sign of bad luck and abandoned the church. 30 years later local artist Jakub Hadrava made these ghost sculptures and the church is now drawing in visitors from all over the world. The beautifully made sculptures create a scary but intriguing sight.
5. Sedlec Ossuary: The Sedlec Ossuary is a Roman Chapel in the Czech Republic. It contain the skeletal remains of 40,000 to 70,000 people. The bones are mostly artistically arranged creating a creepy sight. It’s currently one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Czech Republic. Visiting the Ossuary is possible.
6. Mary Kings Close: Mary King’s Close is an underground warren in Edinburgh. It used to be a trade area where the tradesman lived an worked. But in 1645 there was an outbreak of the plague. To contain the plague local council decided that the people who were infected should stay in the close and the healthy should leave. Mary King’s Close is open for tours.
7. Hashima Island: Hashima Island is and abandoned island in southern Japan. There were undersea coal mines on Hashima but they were closed in 1974. All the residents left soon after, leaving the island in the hands of nature. Buildings started to deteriorate and some even collapsed. In 2009 the government opened a small portion of the island to tourism. In 2013 Google added the island to Street View.
8. The Island of Dolls: On this small Mexican island you will find hundreds of dolls hanging from the trees. A young girl drowned near the island and to please her spirit island caretaker Don Julian Santana started hanging dolls in the trees. After he passed away in 2001 the island became a tourist attraction and the tourists added many more dolls.
9. Aokigahara: Aokigahara is a forest in central Japan and is one of the most popular places in the world for people to commit suicide. It’s so bad that the Japanese government put up signs asking people to reconsider their actions. In 2010 alone 247 people tried to kill themselves in the forest and 54 succeeded.
10. Catacombs of Paris: The Catacombs of Paris are a 200-mile network of caverns and tunnels located under Paris. It’s estimated that the catacombs hold remains of about six million people. The Parisians started burying their deceased in the tunnels because of a lack of space above ground. With bones piled up to the ceiling and skulls everywhere the catacombs really give you the chills. If your going to Paris and want to visit the catacombs, there are tours going down there.