Friday, January 20, 2012

Most Haunted France

Pere Lanchaise Cemetery:
Is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, France, though there are larger cemeteries in the city's suburbs.
    It is reputed to be the world's most visited cemetery. attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the graves of those who have enhanced French life over the past 200 years.
    The cemetery takes its name from the confessor to Louis XIV,  Père François de la Chaise (1624–1709), who lived in the Jesuit house rebuilt in 1682 on the site of the chapel. The property, situated on the hillside from which the king during the Fronde, watched skirmishing between the Conde and Turenne, was bought by the city in 1804.
    The cemetery was opened on May 21 1804. Sadly the first person buried there was a five year old girl named Adélaïde Pailliard de Villeneuve, the daughter of a door bell of the Fauborg St. Antoine.
    At the time of its opening, the cemetery was considered to be situated too far from the city and attracted few funerals. Moreover, the Christians refused to have their graves in a place that had not been blessed by te church.
    Today the cemetery is still in use and accepting new burials. However, the rules to be buried in a Paris cemetery are rather strict: people may be buried in one of these cemeteries if they die in the French capital city or if they lived there. Being buried in Père Lachaise is even more difficult nowadays as there is a waiting list: very few plots are available.   
    It is said that this cemetery is the most haunted cemetery of all.

Eiffel Tower:
Is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Built in 1889, it has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most visited paid monument in the world; The tower was built between 1887 and 1889. The risk of accident was great as, unlike modern skyscrapers, the tower is an open frame without any intermediate floors except the two platforms. However, because (Eiffel the man who built the tower) took safety precautions, including the use of movable stagings, guard-rails and screens, only one man died.  
    The tower was much criticised by the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore. 
   It is said that a young man took his girlfriend to the top of the tower with the intention of proposing marriage to her, but she turned him down and he threw her from the tower to her death. Visitors to the tower at night have reported hearing a girl laughing and saying NO, followed by a scream, then silence.

Catacombs of Paris:
The Catacombs are an underground Ossuary in Paris France.
    The ossuary holds the remains of about 6 million people and fills a renovated section of caverns and tunnels that are the remains of Paris' stone mines. Opened in the late 18th century, the underground cemetery became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century, and has been open to the public on a regular basis from 1874.
    In 1871, communards killed a group of monarchists in one chamber.
    It is reported to be the most haunted place in the world, Visitors have claimed that they were touched by unseen hands, others claim to have had the sensation of being followed, cold spots in certain areas a few cases of hysterical breakdowns, a few others have claimed to have been strangled.


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