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12 Most Dark And Mysterious Places On Earth

1. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan:

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.

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2. The Catacombs of Paris:

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:

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

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:

The Richat Structure, Mauritania:

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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:

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:

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:

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:

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

10. Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua:

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:

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:

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

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  • Franklin, Jerelyn

    Some of the darkest places on earth show best in sunlight. Amazing photos

  • Gregory Brown

    I would like to know what geological forces could possibly have eroded the Eye of the Sahara into a depression if it had started out as a dome.

  • Cip

    The tunel of love is not in Ucraine, is in Romania