There are all sorts of building on the face of the earth – the tallest ones, the most expensive, the weirdest, etc. All of them were built with the intention of being the TOP in the list. To be ‘more’ than their competitors. However, there are no building that intended to be the most mysterious ones. It just happened so, due to different consequences, rumors and myths. All these facts have granted some buildings the fame of being the most mysterious ones. Some of them are even believed to be haunted…Who knows? It could be true. However, the only reason for one to fully experience a building’s mysteriousness is to visit it. If s/he dares… Here is a small list of some of the most mysterious buildings ever.
1.Renwick Hospital, New York City, USA
What used to be a smallpox hospital is now simply an abandoned building, replete with mansard roofs, corbelled parapets and granite veneer. Now, it’s nothing more than a spooky reminder of New York’s grisly past. It was once used to accommodate quarantined immigrants, who suffered from smallpox. The mystery behind the abandoned hospital is that (besides its overall scariness) is that, at night, it is illuminated by some anonymous patron, supposedly one that has a view to it from a penthouse in Upper East Side.
2.Kolmanskop Diamond Camp, Namibia
The local bushmen call Skeleton Coast, where the camp is situated, “The land, which God made in anger”, and the Portuguese refer to is as “The gates of hell”. One of the diamond camps’ manager’s house, called Minenvewalter, is completely taken over by sands. There is sand everywhere, in some places up to the roof. There are rumors that the house is haunted by the ghosts of the diamond miners that used to work there. In 1960, many years after the last miners left the camp, many ax-punctured skulls were found in the house.
3.Skara Brae, Scotland
More than just one building, but rather a whole village, and an ancient one, Skara Brae is situated on Skaill’s bay. The settlement is still being excavated and, during that process more and more details about the pre-Celtic era of Europe are revealed. What makes Skara Brase so strange is that despite being older than the Egyptian pyramids (it is around 5,000 years old), the buildings in the village are still in relatively good condition. There are no logical explanations why and how they have managed to remain in the condition they are.
4.Woodchester Mansion, England
Stone gargoyles stand on top of this nineteen century Gothic mansion built of honey-colored limestone. The spooky building was abandoned in 1873, in mid-construction, after its owner passed away. Situated amid a secluded valley, the mansion is now used for tours, as well as paranormal nights and Halloween parties. However, one has to have a lot of courage in order to visit and even stay in the mansion, as the building used to be a morgue during World War II. There are even rumors of uniform-wearing ghosts and 1940’s music in the hallways.
5.Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Denmark
Towering from one desolate dune by the name of Lønstrup Klint, the ghostly lighthouse was built back in 1900 but was abandoned in 1968 when sea, sands and wind began devouring it whole. The 75 feet tall building will most likely collapse because of coastal erosion and shifting sands during the next century. Even though, when built over a hundred years ago, the lighthouse stood at a relatively safe spot – on a duneless cliff, 655 feet away from the sea as well as almost 200 feet above sea level, yet, despite all the rescue attempts, the elements managed to slowly swallow the whole lighthouse.
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