From grand mausoleums in the middle of paris, to chateau that attract millions of people a year, here the 11 most haunted locations in France
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The most well-known and debatably the most amazing chateau in the Loire River Valley is the Château de Chambord. It displays distinct French renaissance architecture and when construction began 1519, it was built specifically to act as the hunting lodge of Francois I. Francois spared no expense in having this one completed, and some believe that Leonardo Da Vinci was even involved in the design. The primary architect was Domenico da Cortona from Italy, who also helped design the Hotel de Ville in Paris. The northwestern facade of this iconic building is quite imposing and it displays nearly perfect symmetry. This could certainly be most impressive building constructed under the impactful rule of Francois I. However later on, the house in turned into an improptu hospital during the franco prussian war. People claim to see the ghosts while taking a tour.
10. The Pantheon Paris
This tourist attraction in the Latin Quarter of Paris contains the crypts of some France’s most notable characters, especially during the French Revolution. Some claim the architecture of this monument is completely flawless! It was originally built as a church but displays Neoclassical architecture, which was inspired b y ancient Roman architecture. This mausoleum houses over 100 remains or prominent. Famous residents include Voltaire, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille and Marie Curie. For a long period of time, no women were placed here. Until Marcellin Berthelot, was married with his wife Sophie. Another sort of eery thin g about this place is the fact that some the urns here don’t contain ashes, only remains of people’s hearts. Strange but true.
9. Tuileries Garden
This public garden is located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in Paris. It was created in 1564 though didn’t open until 1667 due to many mysterious circumstances. And rumour has it that this place is home to one of the spookiest ghosts in all of France, his name is l’homme rouge des tuileries, though many refer to him as the Red Man of the Tuileries. The stories say he was a butcher murdered on the orders of Catherine de Medici for the crime of knowing too much about the private affairs of the crown, his death knell sounded when he stupidly proclaimed to an astrologer that he knew the exact date and time when the queen of France would leave this world. Legend has it that his appearances foreshadow dramatic, often sinister moments in the nation’s history, such as right before the palace fire of 1871.
8. Le Mont Saint Michel
This island commune located in Normandy France can be found around half a mile off the country’s northwestern coast and rumour has it, is devastatingly haunted by a multitude of unruly, restless spirits. On one of the bloodier days in its history, a tremendous battle from the hundred years’ war took place on these surrounding island beaches. It is here that the infamous captain Louis d’Estouteville led his platoon in to slaughter over two thousand Englishman. As the tides rose to cover those sandy shores, the waters were stained with the red blood which covered the cold beach, the ghosts of those soldiers as well as the spirits of many monks who once lived and later died here, and even the famous captain himself are all rumoured to now haunt this creepy island.
7. Dome Des Invalides
In addition to the Pantheon, and Pere Lachaise cemetery, which we mentioned in one of our haunted places to avoid videos, the tomb of the former French Emperor Napoleon is quite impressive. It seems almost too big for this infamously short guy. Located at the Hotel des Invalides, the dome his remains are under was actually originally built as a royal chapel that took nearly 30 years to construct. After the Revolution, the French turned the area into a hospital for injured soldiers. An immense excavation took place underneath after Napoleon’s remains were returned from St. Helena island in 1821. Eight of his greatest battle victories are inscribed in the marble beneath him. His sarcophagus contains allegedly 6 different, caskets and each one is made of different material. This includes ebony, oak, and tin. It’s still a mystery exactly what’s inside the large tomb.