1. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
The Door to Hell was originally a gas field set alight by Soviet scientists that has been burning continuously for over 40 years. Inexplicably, spiders seem to love this place and swarm there by the thousands.
2. Island of the Dolls, Mexico
The Island of The Dolls is an uninhabited island in Xochimilco, Mexico. According to legend, a girl died in the canals surrounding the island, after which dolls began to wash ashore constantly. The island’s sole inhabitant took to hanging the dolls around the island as a vigil for the deceased girl.
3. Centralia, Pennsylvania
Centralia was once a bustling mining town, until the coal veins under the city caught on fire. This fire has been burning continuously right beneath Centralia since 1962. Today the entire city lies abandoned.
4. Muynak, Uzbekistan
Muynak was once a busy port city on the Aral Sea. That was, until the Soviets (not again!) unintentionally drained the sea for irrigation. Today, rusted-out boats litter the now-desert floor.
5. Kabayan Mummy Caves, The Philippines
The Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves are exactly as they sound. They’re just manmade caves full of some of the most well-preserved mummies in the world, isolated from the rest of the world in remote mountains.
6. Kryziu Kalnas, The Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
Originally Kryziu Kalnas was a ceremonial site where Lithuanians would mourn the dead lost at war. The Soviet Union twice bulldozed this area, only for locals to build it bigger. Today, over 100,000 crosses stand on the hill.
7. Cincinnati’s Subway System, Ohio
Cincinnati attempted to build a subway system in the early 1900s, only to run out of funding. The empty tunnels still run along beneath the city, half finished and fully creepy.
8. Akodessewa Fetish Market, Togo
Since over half of the population of Togo continues to practice indigenous beliefs, fetish markets command huge sails. Just imagine: shrunken heads and skulls as far as the eye can see.
9. Wonderland, China
Wonderland was going to be China’s answer to Disneyland, but multiple times larger. Construction problems led to the project being totally scrapped. The crumbling remains are completely open to any would-be adventurer or warlord, though.
10. The Catacombs, Paris
The Parisian Catacombs function as a gigantic ossuary and cemetery for approximately 6 million bodies. Beyond just bones, there is also the non-tourist section of the Catacombs, where a mostly illegal and unpoliced second city extends for miles beneath Paris.
11. San Zhi Resort, Taiwan
Once upon a time, San Zhi was built to be a peaceful resort area outside of Taipei, Taiwan. Mysteriously, construction was suddenly abandoned after a series of deaths, leaving the mostly finished “pod resort” to decay.
12. Jatinga, India
Nothing is particularly horrifying about Jatinga…except for the en masse bird suicides that happen every September to October. The really strange part? They only occur from 7–10 p.m.
13. Leap Castle, Ireland
Reportedly one of the most haunted castles in the world, Leap Castle’s hallways are patrolled by the Elemental — an unexplainable force. Also, Leap Castle was the site of historic slaughter, and it was also built on top of a torture pit.
14. Varosha, Cyprus
Varosha is a completely uninhabited resort city on Cyprus’ coast. After the Turkish invasion, Varosha was quickly evacuated. Today, Varosha stands frozen displaying exactly how life was in 1974.
15. Maunsell Sea Forts, North Sea
The Maunsell Sea Forts were designed to protect England from a possible Nazi invasion during WWII. Today they are mostly uninhabited, except for by recluses, smugglers, and the Principality of Sealand.
16. Jacob’s Well, Texas
Jacob’s Well is a natural spring over 100 feet deep. Multiple novice swimmers have died exploring its depths. Water zombies? Terrifying.
17. Oradour-sur-Glane, France
Oradour-sur-Glane was a small French village that the Nazi SS made an example of. The entire city was burned, and almost every inhabitant was executed.
18. Mütter Museum, Pennsylvania
The Mütter Museum is just plain creepy. It houses a collection of body parts, fetuses, and — worst of all — wax statues.