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The island of Poveglia, in the Venetian Lagoon, is considered one of the most haunted places on earth. A bit of searching on the internet turns up scraps of information about it. It was featured on the show "Scariest Places on Earth," and most reviews rate the Poveglia episode as the best and scariest of the show. Anyone who can get a copy of this show for us wins major kudos and insane amounts of gratitude.

Poveglia was settled almost a thousand years ago. It has existed in many forms, as a monastery, an independent colony, a dumping-ground for plague victims, a powder-magazine for Napoleon, and a mental hospital for a sadistic doctor. The reports of haunting on the island started after the plague, when hundreds of people were taken to the island and abandoned to die. Napoleon cared little for ghosts in his time there, but when a mental hospital was built on the site in the 1930s, the cruel doctor tortured his patients, and laughed at their stories of ghosts--until he went mad himself, and threw himself from the bell tower on the island.

The bell tower, along with most of the buildings on the island, still stands. It rings quite frequently. The bell was removed in 1913. Access to the island is extremely difficult. Plans to build various student centers and recreation facilities continue to fall through. For those who are interested, the plans for the student center are still online and there is some great information and pictures, at www.poveglia.it
Fantastic pictures of the creepy can also be found here: http://i.ixnp.com/images/v3.85/t.gif[/IMG]]Photo Wall | Metro Radio


/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
Dommage... it looks like a lovely island too.

The first link doesn't work for me, btw.

Maybe they can just transform it into a prison, à l'Alcatraz.