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12 Most Dark And Mysterious Places On Earth

These places seriously look like portals to another world. For more mystery, darkness, and one very sinister portal, don't miss Season 2 of Witches of East End, Sundays at 9/8c on Lifetime.

1. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan:

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The "door" is a huge, gas-filled crater that's been burning nonstop since it was lit by Soviet scientists in 1971.

2. The Catacombs of Paris:

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The remains of over six million people are found in Paris' dark, labyrinthine underground tunnels.

3. The cenotes in Mexico:

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Natural sinkholes that were literally used for sacrifices by the ancient Mayans.

4. The Tunnel of Love, Ukraine:

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Found deep in the forests of Ukraine, the Tunnel of Love was formerly used to transport industrial goods from a nearby factory.

5. The Richat Structure, Mauritania:

It was once thought to be the result of an asteroid impact, but it's now argued to be a deeply eroded geologic dome. The Richat Structure is also known as the Eye of the Sahara and is visible from space.

6. Mount Buzludzha, Bulgaria:

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The former home of the Bulgarian Communist Party is now an abandoned saucer-like structure atop a mountain.

7. The Initiation Wells, Sintra, Portugal:

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Located in the Quinta da Regaleira palace, The Initiation Wells are two underground towers that were once used for ceremonies, including Tarot rites.

8. Aokigahara Forest, Japan:

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Also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees. Mount Fuji towers over this eerie forest.

9. Cappadocia, Turkey:

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Vast networks of underground chambers and tunnels, some of which bear Byzantine frescoes. Incredible.

10. Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua:

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This volcanic crater, which has a history of human sacrifice, was referred to as the "Mouth of Hell" by the conquistadors.

11. The tree roots of Meghalaya, India:

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A normal wooden bridge would quickly rot in Meghalaya's subtropical climate — but these bridges consist of ancient tree roots and vines, and they're very much strong and alive.

12. Kolmanskop, Namibia:

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A former diamond mining town in the Namib Desert where geological forces have buried many houses in sand.

And the mysterious portal of Witches of East End.

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What comes through it? Find out on Season 2, Sundays at 9/8c on Lifetime.