Lovers of fears, ghosts and thrills, these 7 sites with a past or a macabre culture, scattered around the world, will take you on a journey from churches and haunted islands to places of pilgrimage and gloomy meditation, passing through frankly sinister catacombs and icy exclusion zones. Your adrenaline rush will explode! The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania - Tai Dundua \/ Shutterstock.com Hill of Crosses, Lithuania Imposing to say the least, thousands of crosses dominate the landscape from the top of a fortified hill in northern Lithuania, forming a spectacle that is as unexpected as it is impressive. Crucifixes, statues of the Virgin Mary, effigies, rosaries, rosaries and patriotic sculptures are all offerings that jostle to affirm the peaceful resistance of the Catholic Lithuanian people in the face of the political and religious upheavals that have shaken the country through the ages. These crosses of peace bear witness to the Lithuanians' love for their roots and their dead and recall the struggle of a people for the freedom of their country.Located near the town of \u0160iaulia, this place of pilgrimage which began in the 14th century has been bulldozed several times by the Soviet regime. Wasted effort ! This did not, however, discourage the pilgrims who continued to deposit their objects of worship in the same place. In the face of such determination, the Soviet authorities finally capitulated in 1985. The Hill of Crosses was declared a site of hope, peace, love and sacrifice by Pope John Paul II in 1993. It inspired the folk art of the country where many villages and roadsides are dotted with religious crosses which have earned Lithuania its nickname of the Land of Crosses.