In general, rooms full of dead bodies aren”t ideal hangout spots, yet that”s exactly what some of the world”s most popular tourist destinations happen to be. Some places don”t even try to hide the bodies, using them as decorations like the plastic ones you buy last minute when you forget it”s Halloween.
Here are some places that have no problem keeping their skeletons out of the closet. Nothing says “vacation destination” like seeing a corpse and trying to pretend it wasn”t once a living human being with a life as futile as your own!
1. Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
The crypt of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini in Rome is filled with the bones of 4,000 dead friars who were buried beneath the church between 1500 and 1870. It”s always relaxing to be in a place where the dead outnumber the living.
2. Sedlec Ossuary
This chapel in Sedlec, Czech Republic, contorts the skeletons of seventy thousand people into elaborate decorations that could have easily not been molded from human remains. One wonders if the local blacksmith and chandelier maker are among the skeletons in the crypt.
3. El Conchalito
This beach in Mexico is littered with barely-buried skeletons from an ancient nomadic tribe. Nothing like a sandy skeleton to remind you of how precious your skin is. Sunscreen up, baby!
4. Cenote Segrado
This popular swimming hole located in Yucatan, Mexico, was once the sacrificial pool of the Mayans. It was thought that killing someone and throwing their body into the pool would appease the rain god Chaak and bring good harvest for the year. The pool is admired for its sparkling blue waters. You have the sacrificed bodies to thank for that, as it was customary to paint the bodies blue before chucking them in.
5. Hanging cliff coffins
You can find these eerie structures throughout China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. You”ve been reading this piece long enough to rightly assume that they”re full of bodies. The Bo people of China are particularly happy to show off how many of their people have died by taking away your beautiful view of its topography.
6. Smoked corpses of Papua New Guinea
The Kuku-Kuku tribe in Papua New Guinea remember their dead by smoking them over a fire and displaying them in a bamboo frame. The presence of hundred-year-old bodies isn”t even that creepy, until you find out that the mummification process involves removing all organs through the anus. The mortal shells of former humans really round out this island destination.
7. Roopkund Skeleton Lake
This may seem like a normal lake in the Himalayas, but when it thaws after a long winter, visitors discover that they”re not alone. The locals have been guarding the valuable lake property for more than a century. Scientists speculate that the 600 skeletons in this lake ended up there after an entire group was taken out by a violent hail storm around 850 A.D.
So if you love the feng shui a bunch of bones can bring to a space but don”t like waiting for October, check out these dark vacation destinations. Just know that you”re the reason why these destinations don”t feel the need to give their dead a proper burial.