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    14 Creepy Places That You Should Never, Ever Visit

    Unless you're morbid and adventurous. "There were mirrors everywhere — I assumed they were for the orgies, since more were on the ceiling."

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about some of the creepiest places that they ever visited. Here's some of their most imaginative Goosebumps style stories:

    1. Former Penal Colony on Coiba Island — Panama

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    "I went to Panama's former penal colony, Coiba Island, for work and got to go on a tour to the prison there. It's now been taken back by the jungle, but there's one block, the maximum security block, that's still in its original state. I walked in and it was dark, humid, and just musty.

    Then we walk in one of the cells and there's just this horrifying graffiti all over. Pictures of devils and monsters and random stains on the walls that I imagined were just everything imaginable."

    Submitted by Shannon Montague, Facebook

    2. Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre — Los Angeles

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    Submitted by Samantha Corso, Facebook

    3. Rajneeshee Cult's Former Ranch — Wasco County, Oregon

    oregon ducatisti / Via Flickr: ducatisti

    "I went to a summer camp in Oregon that was the home of the Rajneeshee cult 20 years beforehand — a cult that engaged in attempted terror attacks, but also lots of LSD and orgies. The camp just acquired it, and there was a section of buildings cordoned off with a 'Do Not Enter' sign. Of course, I went to explore it the first chance I got.

    It had tons of giant psychedelic paintings of their cult leader, the Bhagwan. There were mirrors everywhere. I assume they were for the orgies, since most were on the ceiling. Some were like circus funhouse mirrors, with a heavily distorted reflection. Normally, the psychedelia would have been cool, but since it was badly decayed, it was incredibly creepy."

    Submitted by Krystal Watanabe, Facebook

    4. Land Between the Lakes — Kentucky and Tennessee

    Al / Via Flickr: wonderal

    "Most of the area is a beautiful recreational area, but there are a lot of cemeteries. The one I walked through was filled with nothing but unmarked graves of Confederate soldiers. (If I remember correctly, it was a Confederate cemetery, but I may be misremembering to make it a better story.)

    Either way, the cemetery is under the cedar trees, so you walk from bright sunshine to total gloom under the trees, all the while not knowing if you're walking on the grave of a dead soldier. I'm not superstitious and I don't believe in ghosts, but for the first and only time in my life I felt...creeped out? Weird? I'm not even sure how to describe it, but it wasn't right."

    Submitted by Mark Hatch, Facebook

    5. The Cecil Hotel — Los Angeles

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    "Now called Stay on Main, its location in downtown L.A. off Skid Row is only part of what makes it creepy. Its history of murders, suicides, and unexplained deaths (Elisa Lam) are what make it the creepiest. It has connections to the Black Dahlia and famous serial killers.

    It's an ominous building with a brutal past sitting right in the middle of a post-apocalyptic-looking community."

    Submitted by athenas49467c538

    6. Former Religious House — Guanajuato, Mexico

    Russ Bowling / Via Flickr: robphoto

    "I visited this house where religious leaders used to bury young women alive in the walls who got pregnant out of wedlock. This house was creepy in itself, with pregnant-lady-shaped holes in the walls. But in order to go in, you have to be guided by a haunted mansion–style tour guide, complete with doors slamming and taking shortcuts to pop out at you. Did I mention there are few, if any, dim lights? I pity the fool who doesn't have a phone light."

    Submitted by erikat021

    7. Derinkuyu — Turkey

    Elena Pleskevich / Via Flickr: astique

    "Back when I could still talk myself out of claustrophobia-induced panic attacks, I went down into Derinkuyu, an underground city in Turkey that at one time housed 20,000 people and their livestock. People lived there to hide from the war above ground, and either they were really short or they didn't mind not being able to stand up straight or walk side by side. Glad I visited it, but wouldn't want to live there."

    Submitted by Thompson Lange

    8. The Vaults — Edinburgh

    Glenn Bowman / Via Flickr: glenbowman

    "It was part of a ghost tour that I completely underestimated due to the stories and the little tour around the streets. The vaults had this horrible vibe that grew when you descended the stairs. And the tales alone, of the creepy and tragic characters that reputedly haunted the place, made one lady in our group throw up at the feet of the tour guide."

    Submitted by prairiehunter

    9. Pearl Harbor — Hawaii

    Albert de Bruijn / Via Flickr: 51652977@N00

    "Pearl Harbor, without a doubt. Just standing above that wreckage, knowing the bodies still there in an eternal grave. I just sat there for hours and tried to imagine how incredibly terrifying that must have been. You can look down and see all the little details on the ship. It was eerie and powerful all at the same time."

    Submitted by Ashton Mallory

    10. The Capuchin Crypt and St. Peter's Cathedral — Rome

    Joel / Via Flickr: mrsbluff

    "Six chapels under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini decorated entirely with human remains. So cool, but completely creepy.

    Also, St. Peter's Cathedral has the perfectly preserved bodies of dead popes on display. No one ever talks about that."

    Submitted by Nicole Russell, Facebook

    11. The Crescent Hotel — Eureka Springs, Arkansas

    Jack Gray / Via Flickr: jackgray0000

    "A crazy doctor once used the hotel as a 'cancer center.' What really happened was he did all kinds of horrible medical experiments on these people... The tour guide was really hamming it up and we were rolling our eyes. However, when we got to the basement and morgue area, it wasn't funny anymore. I couldn't stay in there..."

    Submitted by Tina Johnson Smithee, Facebook

    12. The West Germany–East Germany Border

    JABB / Via Flickr: jabb

    "In 1985, in full-on Cold War, atomic bombs era, our school took us to Germany to see the West Germany–East Germany border. The Cold War was still a HUGE deal back then. I know it seems funny now, but if you were in high school in the mid-'80s they'd crush you with Russia vs. America anxiety.

    Anyway, 'nothing to see': just some bit of countryside in northern Germany, big fields, even rather pretty — and then an actual SPIKED IRON FENCE…all to ferociously lock East Germans in. In a totally unassuming, green countryside. The very stupidity and bullishness of such military display in a basically empty zone creeped us out."

    Submitted by CreepingThistle

    13. The Union Tank Car Dome — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Antony B Chicago / Via Flickr: 66544165@N00

    "Built in 1958, it was designed by renowned architect Buckminster Fuller and was an engineering marvel in its day. Abandoned for many years and the site of the death of a young man while attempting to climb the central tower, it was creepy and otherworldly. Straight out of a science fiction movie. It has since (tragically) been demolished."

    Submitted by katieb498db7e29

    14. Some Cubicle — Anywhere, USA

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    "My job. Every time I walk through the doors, I get the chills."

    Submitted by desireec6

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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