Cataloging the world’s most awe-inspiring places

In honour of Halloween, a look at some of the more macabre entries in Atlas Obscura: crypts and cemeteries, severed body parts, and mummies and bones

PHOTO: Workman Publishing; Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton.
Laura Brehaut, Postmedia News
Originally published on October 20, 2016; National Post
From crypts and cemeteries like Palermo’s Capuchin Catacombs to fiery places such as the Door to Hell, a flaming crater in a Turkmenistan desert. 
Natural wonders such as Spotted Lake (Kliluk) in Osoyoos, B.C., and man-made marvels like former monk Don Justo’s self-built cathedral in Madrid – in progress since 1961.
Works of land art like Robert Smithson’s 457-metre long Spiral Jetty in Great Salt Lake, Utah, and outsider artist Peter Carmani’s Midlothian Castle, comprised of hundreds of screaming concrete heads outside of Burk’s Falls, Ontario.
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders (Workman Publishing, 2016) by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, includes these curious attractions and hundreds more across all seven continents.
PUBLISHED IN PRINT:
Ottawa Citizen: October 29, 2016; page H1 / Front
Calgary Herald: October 29, 2016; page E1 / Front
Vancouver Sun: October 29, 2016; page C4
Regina Leader-Post: October 28, 2016; page B12
Tillsonburg News: November 2, 2016; page B5
Brantford Expositor: November 3, 2016; page D3
Northumberland Today: November 4, 2016; page D4
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