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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Italy's Most Haunted Island

"Poveglia is a small island floating in the lagoons of Venice. In stark contrast to the beauty of its surroundings, the island is a festering blemish. The waves reluctantly lapping its darkened shores will often carry away the polished remains of human bones.

When the first outbreak of bubonic plague swept through Europe, the number of dead and dying in the city of Venice became unbearable. The bodies were piling up, the stench was oppressive, and something had to be done. The local authorities decided to use Poveglia as a dumping ground for the diseased bodies. The dead were hauled to the island and dumped in large pits or burned on huge bonfires. As the plague tightened its grip, people panicked, and those showing the slightest symptoms of the Black Death were dragged screaming from their homes. These living victims, including children and babies, were taken to the island and thrown into the pits of rotting corpses, where they were left to die in agony. As many as 160,00 tormented bodies were disposed of over the years." Continue Article: Associated Content

Written by: The Ghostly Gal

6 comments:

Bob Johnson said...

Very interesting post, would like to see some pics, I'd be haunting people too if i was thrown alive into the fire, ouch!!

Pro Blog Reviews said...

This blog is awesome, an excellent read. I have bookmarked it for a future review.

Aura said...

Hi bob!

I would like to see a group of paranormal investigators at this island. It would be interesting to see what they find, if anything.

thanks PBR, I enjoy yours as well. Hope to hear from you often. I love comments and really appreciate them too.

ashleigh said...

I think that it would be a cool idea to send in a paranormal team out there to investigate to see what they would find. I think the best team for that would be ghost hunters GHI because they use science and opinions more than feelings.

Anonymous said...

I'm interested to see what the gohst adventure team discovers here

Anonymous said...

the island has had ghost hunters on it. a show called ghost adventures. interesting island.
oh and while taking the people to the island the doctors would wear special masks(like masquerade ball) and they'd have herbs burning in the boat because they thought it would keep them from catching the plague.
sorry its so late but -shrug-