6 Most Nightmarish Places on Earth

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Planning your next vacation? Well, if you’re tired of horror-free holidays, here are 6 places that you might like to visit:

Aokigahara Forest

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Credit: Jordy Meow/Wikipedia

At the base of the grand Mt. Fuji lies a world of death. The infamous “suicide forest” of Japan has been the site of thousands of suicides since the end of World War II. Though the fad has died down somewhat in the past few years, many Japanese continue to forfeit their lives within these dreaded woods. Officials have placed signs across the forest encouraging people to value life and think of their loved ones.

The Catacombs of Paris

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Credit: Tommie Hansen/Flickr

Constructed in the late 18th century due to overcrowded cemeteries, this subterranean graveyard houses the world’s largest collection of human remains. Centuries later during World War II, French soldiers used the catacombs as a secret passage. Nazi invaders also set up a base under the Lycée Montaigne, now a famous French secondary school. Today, only one mile of the 200-mile labyrinth of death is open to tourists, although some have tried to explore further…

Island of the Dolls

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Credit: Esparta Palma/Wikipedia

Within the already creepy mires of Mexico City lies a peculiar island. According to legend, a man named Don Julian Santana Barrera lived on the island. One day, Julian found the body of a girl near the shore, and with it, the girl’s treasured doll. However, more dolls soon washed up one by one. Seemingly possessed, Julian festooned the island with these dolls for 50 years until the day he drowned at the same spot as the girl. Today, visitors claim to hear voices coming from the dolls and some report witnessing the dolls move.

Dadipark

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Opened in 1950, this amusement park was home to countless accidents, culminating in a boy losing his arm in 2000. Two years later, following community complaints, the park was closed for renovations, but has since been abandoned and now sits in decay.

The Door to Hell

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Credit: Flydime/Flickr

Natural gas continues to fire from this pit since Soviet scientists opened it in 1971. After drilling too far and finding a crater filled with poisonous gas, the scientists tried to contain the fumes by setting the crater on fire. Instead, they created hell on earth.

Byberry Mental Hospital

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Since its founding in 1907, the Byberry hospital in Philadelphia once had an occupancy of over 7,000. However, instead of a place for healing, Byberry became a place of filth, torture, and death. Patients slept atop one another in the hallways, which were splattered with waste and feces. The staff eagerly abused and neglected the patients, who committed atrocious acts against one another. One patient, Charles Gable, killed and dismembered a woman, then scattered parts of her body across various rooms and halls. It wasn’t until 1990 that officials shut down the hospital.