Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - Over the course of history this creepy island had a number o names. It has for example been called the bloody island, the island of madness and the island of hell.
The mystery of the Island Poveglia dates back to the 5th century. Today, the island is no longer inhabited.
No-one visits it and fishermen even steer clear of the island for fear that they will catch human bones in their nets. This dark place has for decades inspired superstitious terror into the hearts of people.
Located off the coast of Venice, Italy, Poveglia Island is one of the world's darkest and most evil places in the world. According to legend, the island was formed from the ashes of burned plague victims, criminals and mental patients who were exiled there.
The dark history of Poveglia Island began during the Roman Era when it was used to isolate plague victims from the general population.
Centuries later, when the Black Death rolled through Europe it served that purpose again.
The dead were dumped into large pits and buried or burned.
At first glance, Poveglia island looks like a nice place, but its history is very dark.
As the plague tightened its grip, the population began to panic and those residents showing the slightest sign of sickness were taken from their homes and to the island of Poveglia kicking and screaming and pleading.
They were thrown onto piles of rotting corpses and set ablaze. Men, women, children were all left to die in agony.
Napoleon also used the island for a darker purpose and stored weapons there.
There are bones scattered all over the island.
In 1922, a mental hospital was opened on Poveglia. Local legend says that one doctor at the hospital tortured and killed many of his patients, butchering them horribly only to later die by falling from, or possibly being thrown off of, its bell tower. His death remains a mystery to this day.
Over time, the island became a cemetery. Dead people were brought here to be either burned or buried in mass graves. Researchers have suggested that more than 200,000 people are buried here.
All these events led to the belief that the island was haunted.
Inside the hospital where a doctor tortured and killed many of his patients.
People reported seeing ghosts of plague victims and hearing horrifying screams of tortured patients. The horrible place became known as the cursed island.
Today, Poveglia Island remains strictly off-limits to visitors. The Italian tourism board prohibits visiting the island (on paper) and requires a lengthy application process, where you must obtain approval before you can step your foot on the island.
If you want, you can still get there by boat, but the question is whether you really like to visit the final restless place of thousands of diseased, murderous and insane people…
First version of this article was originally published on November 24, 2014
Written by Ellen Lloyd – AncientPages.com
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