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Postby Medusa » Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:18 am

MMMM I came across this by chance a few yrs ago, and it has always facinated me..............even to the point, I would lov to go there given the chance ...................

Poveglia....................The Island of the Dead !

Welcome to the island of no return. The place is known as Poveglia, and to local Venetians, many believe that the island is almost a living, breathing, evil entity. While the island is beautiful by day, many are fearful to enter at night.

About five miles of the coast of Italy is an island that sits much like Alcatraz. More than 100,000 people have perished here. With that many deaths, the souls have nowhere to be free but here.

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As you walk through much of the trails, it seems as if the trees are consuming your world. For whatever reason, it’s as if the earth wants to consume you and take you with it. Many Venetians are fearful of speaking about such a place. The atmosphere is very much suffocating, and at times you feel as if you’re unwanted.


The Peste Nera, or “Black Death consumed much of Europe during the 13th century. More than one third of Venice’s population was decimated by it. Within five days, many victims were dead. The bodies began to pile up in the streets. The swollen decay of the dying would be bricked up within their own homes. Anyone who tried to escape would be murdered on the spot.

Victims would be buried in graves called Plague Pits. So many victims began to pile up, that many were hauled into pits, some while still alive. They would then be burned. Since there were so many victims, the solution was to bring the victims to the island of Poveglia.

People were taking against their will. Some alive, some dead. The living were amongst the dead, and even if they were healthy, one would soon die. Because of the piles of dead, many Venetians believed that the dead reached all the way to hell.

Without proper burials, the spirits of these lost souls still linger. Many Venetians are respectful of the dead, and will usually not step foot on this island. In fact, many refuse to go here. Even to ask a Venetian to take you to the island, they not only look at you as if you’re mad, but almost with curiosity. The waters surrounding the island still dredges up the bones of the dead by fishermen.

To make matters worse, a hospital was built on the island for the ill in 1922. The doctor of the hospital performed cruel experiments on the patients because they began to see the dead. The doctor was then pushed from the top of the bell tower by unseen hands. Going by at night, you can actually hear that bell tower toll, though not a single soul is on the creepy land of death.

To step foot on the island is to bring fear to your senses. You walk amongst ash, or what many believe to be human ash. You feel breaths upon your neck; feel your hair stand on end. And at times you often wonder if that’s really screaming that you hear. You also feel an impending danger, and a need to get off the island. At one point you see moving shadows that make you wonder, ”Did I just see that? I sure enough did, and now I need to change my soiled pants.” Needless to say, to go to that place takes immense cojones, and a reserve. You may not believe in ghosts, but there is something about the island that is unnerving and will make you believe in something...........



Poveglia - The Scariest Island Ever!
"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.

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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."



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Postby bionic » Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:58 pm

That island sounds positively creepy.
It needs to be splashed with lots of holy water or smudged or something.
Also, some kind of memorial needs to be put up there showing rememberence and respect to all who suffered and died there..to help those wounded souls heal and let go
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Postby sheye » Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:27 pm

That island sounds positively creepy.
It needs to be splashed with lots of holy water or smudged or something.
Also, some kind of memorial needs to be put up there showing rememberence and respect to all who suffered and died there..to help those wounded souls heal and let go


I say geat ^^^ idea.. bionic...it sounds like a place needing some spiritual healing. :? :o :shock: :cry: :cry:
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Postby keoughla » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:36 pm

The other day I was watching A&E and they have a show called Ghost Adventures and the show actually went to Poveglia and spent the night. Very creepy things happened while they were there.
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Postby greeney2 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:07 am

Mrs G2 loves that show. :D
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Postby BloodStone » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:09 am

Ghost Adventures and the show actually went to Poveglia and spent the night. Very creepy things happened while they were there.

I also watched that episode on the travel channel.
It was really good, they had a lot of starnge things happen. The coolest was when they went to the field of the dead.
they say that thousands of bodies were left there, and burned because there were so many bodies.
they dug down a few inches , and it was all bone and ash wherever they stuck a stick they found ash.

pretty cool. if you go give me a heads up I would love to check that palce out. :mrgreen:

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Postby bionic » Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:44 pm

Thank for the heads up about 'Ghost Adventures'.
I didn't know about that cool sounding show and have now set my tv recorder to record it all.
Thanks again.
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Postby bionic » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:36 pm

I saw this show, finally. There was a mini marathon on Saturday.
It was pretty cool.
The guys doing it seem a little douchie..like naughty college frat boys or something.(though they were pretty easy on the eyes)
It's a bit over the top in that way.
But still, it's a cool show.
They got neat gadgets and seemed to get some pretty good evidence of stuff. (that 'talking' device is really cool..amazing)
I love all these ghost hunter type shows, though.

You can tell they are getting so close to tearing down that veil in a way that can be witnessed, reproduced and measured scientifically.

And when they do..EVEYTHING CHANGES
It's a whole new ballgame..for everyone
Talk about a shifing paradigm!!
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