Inside 7 of the World's Most Haunting Abandoned Mansions

From New York to Taiwan to Russia, here are some of the world's scariest real-life haunted houses.


Abandoned mansions are relics of the past, places that were supposed to be grand achievements but now have been surrendered to the elements. They are undeniably eerie, especially when their abandonment was the result of a gruesome event—as is the case with many of the ones listed below.

Located across the world, these houses all share the same characteristics: broken windows, cascading vines, and a pervasive sense of decay. Time is passing, they seem to whisper, and all that humans have made will someday become dirt, to be reclaimed by the earth.

Perhaps some of these places have been overtaken by more nefarious forces. If you've encountered The Haunting of Hill House or any of the myriad films and stories about ruined mansions, you might imagine that these houses could contain secret rooms, antichrists, strange dungeons, or other endlessly terrifying forces. With this in mind, here are 7 of the creepiest mansions in the world.

1. Halcyon Hall, Millbrook, New York

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Located in the unassuming suburb of Millbrook, New York, this mansion was built as a luxury hotel in 1890; then it served as the Bennett School for Girls for many years. It was shut down in 1978, but with its broken windows, collapsing porch, and undeniably threatening aura, it still seems very much alive.

2. Château Miranda, Celles, Belgium

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This castle was originally built for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family, who moved there after the French Revolution. Then, it housed sick and orphaned children until 1980, when it was abandoned. The château's landlord burnt it down in 2017, but images of its ghostly afterlife live on.

3. Liu Family Mansion, Taiwan

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This mansion's backstory is as haunting as it currently looks. Known as the Minxiong Ghost House, this mansion was built in 1929. According to legend, it was abandoned in the 1950s when it became haunted by the ghost of a heartbroken maid who had drowned herself in a well. Others propose that the mansion is haunted by Japanese imperial army soldiers who died near the site.

4. The Swingers Tiki Palace, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Once intended to be a party palace and strip club, this mansion now stands as a disturbing relic of parties past. Its crumbling state has a gory backstory: Billy Hull, its owner and designer, was convicted of murder-for-hire soon after he opened the mansion to partiers was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Today, the mansion is the very image of opulence and excess gone sour.

5. Villa de Vecci, Cortenova, Italy

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This mansion's backstory is as horrifying as its current appearance. After serving as a soldier, the nobleman Felix de Vecci hired the architect Alessandro Sidoli to design the house of his dreams. Unfortunately, Sidoli died before the house's completion, and his death seemed to doom everyone who entered his incomplete masterpiece. Counte de Vecci's wife and daughter were later murdered in the house, and de Vecci later committed suicide inside its elegant walls. After a few new owners (who encountered some ghostly presences, no doubt), the mansion was abandoned. Today, its peeling paint and splashes of red brick stand in ghastly contrast to the dark pine forest around it, making this a place you do not want to go after dark.

6. Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo Mansion, Moscow, Russia

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Its symmetry remains intact, but time and the earth are slowly overtaking this abandoned palace in Moscow, Russia. These lands used to be owned by the Streshnevs, members of the Romanov family, but they were later left to the mercy of time and the seasons.

7. The Tyrone House, Galway, Ireland

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Located in the already eerie seaside province of County Galway, Ireland, this house stands alone in a field, completely at the mercy of the elements. Destroyed by the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence, its hull still remains.

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I Can't Sleep.

I truly cannot remember the last time I had a good night's rest. Even before the stay-at-home orders, I was just a little ball of nerves.

But lately, it's been awful. I toss and turn, it's always too hot or even too cold, sometimes I make myself tea and read for a bit, but when I'm still up at 1 a.m., I reach for my phone and then I'm up until 3. My sister and I have a weekly call, and our small talk about our exhaustion turned into an hour long conversation about sleep.

I Thought I'd Tried Everything. Even Melatonin.

My sister asked why I hadn't gone for the old staple, melatonin and I reminded her about the time we traveled abroad, and it gave me the weirdest nightmares (the horrible kind where you wake up in your dream and you're still in a dream). Chamomile tea didn't work, nothing worked.

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They Were NOT Pills, Teas or Anything I'd Seen Before.

A company called Objective makes Fast Asleep, a sleep solution delivered as chocolatey treats. They're created with saffron and GABA. If going to sleep was as easy as eating a piece of these chocolatey, minty delights every night, I'd be sold.

What Exactly Was In It?

Cocoa contains caffeine, so I didn't know how this would help me sleep. After talking with my sister, I went online and saw that the calming, sleep-supporting ingredients cancel out any of the very little caffeine content.

Saffron, the spice, is apparently known to help with staying asleep, and their GABA is a fermented version of the neurotransmitter that's known to help you relax and fall asleep faster. In a study, 100% of customers saw improvement in their sleep quality thanks to saffron. One hundred percent!

Do I Try It?

A bag of 30 pieces was only $40, and they had a money-back guarantee.

They're keto-friendly and only 30 calories a piece, so not too decadent before bedtime.

They were chocolatey-minty, which is my favorite flavor, so I was sold. I ordered a bag to try.

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I checked the site again, and noticed that many people didn't notice a real difference until the third or fourth night - it builds up in your system over time, so I decided to keep an open mind the rest of the week.

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TapRM

TapRM

TapRM offers a wide range of both craft beers and hard seltzers. While based almost exclusively in New York City, the app offers fast, same day delivery from some of the best beer brands in the world. They also provide a unique selection of beers to help you find your new favorite. All you need to do is download the app and place your order!

Drizly

Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.

Saucey

Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

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