<p>Though the origins of the site are a mystery, thousands of crosses and other religious icons have been placed on the hillside over the course of nearly two centuries. (<a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/things-to-do-hill-of-crosses-religious-tourism" target="_blank">Read more about the history of this unique place.</a>)</p>

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Though the origins of the site are a mystery, thousands of crosses and other religious icons have been placed on the hillside over the course of nearly two centuries. (Read more about the history of this unique place.)

Photograph by Tobias Gerber, laif/Redux

24 spooky places to visit around the world

Explore these frightening haunts at your own risk.

This story was updated on October 14, 2019.

A fascination with the unknown drives many travelers to the most bone-chilling corners of our world. Sometimes it’s a lonely place with a violent or macabre past, said to be haunted by the tormented souls of those already departed. At others, a quiet crypt or a reverent patch of ground calls to attention the impermanence of life and the ever-turning hands of time. (Discover the paranormal at these spine-chilling U.S. historical haunts.)

Regardless of their origin, each of these destinations has garnered a reputation for the supernatural or uncanny—and in turn, attracted a devoted following of curious adventure-seekers. Explore them all … if you dare.

Nathan Strauss is a social media associate producer at National Geographic, focused on travel and adventure. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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