The Alnwick Poison Garden
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England
Will visit someday:
Highgate Cemetery - London’s Most Haunted
Highgate Cemetery is steeped in supernatural lore. Constructed out of need with six others in the early 1800s, with London’s population nearing a million and the death toll rising, there was no more room to bury the dead. This cemetery is one of the most famous in the world, with many notable historic figures, such as Karl Marx, buried there.
The architecture of the cemetery is truly unique. In the heart of the grounds is an eccentric structure called the Egyptian Avenue which consists of sixteen vaults, entered via a great arch. Each vault fits twelve coffins, purchased and used by individual families. This avenue leads to the Circle of Lebanon which was built in the same style consisting of thirty six vaults. A separate gothic-styled catacomb, named the Terrace Catacombs, has an additional fifty five vaults.
But what lures most people to the cemetery are the legends and myths that include ghosts, a vampire and other unexplained phenomena. Spirits coming out of the mausoleums, a glowing woman who roams the paths in between the graves, a man in a top hat, and misty floating beings that hang around the tombs are just some of the the spirits that inhabit the cemetery. Its the account of the “Highgate Vampire” that makes the site legendary.
The first report was in 1970, when a young man reported that he had seen a dark figure resembling a vampire in the cemetery. Since then, hundreds of claims of suspected vampires continued to be reported. Helping the belief along was the fact that dead foxes, with their throats torn open, kept turning up on the grounds. Aside from ghosts and a resident vampire, Highgate Cemetery is a hauntingly beautiful place to spend eternity.
Unknown Artist, Graveyard, Sculpture Above Grave, early 20th c.
Graveyard is a sculptural installation in a public cemetery in the north of Greece. Urban legend dictates that it is made for a family that was poisoned during dinner. In each chair the name of the family member that was seated in it, is written.
On view at: Public Cemetery in Thessaly, Greece
More at: http://saprofytablog.blogspot.com/2010/10/01-atlas-horribilis-novel-of.html
- Date: late 19th–early 20th century
- Geography: Papua New Guinea, Middle Sepik River
- Culture: Kwanga people
- Medium: Cassowary bone, pigment
- Dimensions: L. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm)
- Classification: Bone/Ivory-Implement
Warriors in the Sepik region formerly employed a variety of weapons. Most, such as spears, were intended to strike the enemy from a distance, but men also carried daggers for use in close combat. With blunt edges and sharp tips, daggers were exclusively stabbing weapons, often used to kill an enemy incapacitated by spears or arrows or, at times, in more stealthy acts of assassination.
Many daggers were supernaturally powerful objects that played important roles in male initiation and other ceremonies. Daggers and dagger-like objects were worn as personal ornaments, and many ornate examples with blunt tips may have been ceremonial objects. Daggers were fashioned primarily from the leg bones of cassowaries (large ostrich-like birds) but also, in rare instances, from the femurs of ancestors or enemies.
Source & Copyright: Metropolitan Museum of Art
I THOUGHT THIS WAS KIDDING SOGMLASG
Norristown State Hospital. Norristown, Pennsylvania.