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Ghosts And Hauntings Connected To The Black Plague

Updated March 27, 2020 39.4k views11 items

The oozing sores. The black spots. The staggeringly high number of fatalities. Any paranormal enthusiasts will tell you that trauma causes spirits to linger on Earth - and few episodes in history were as traumatic as the years of the black death. The horrific disease swept through Asia and Europe in the 14th century, felling as many as 200 million people along the way. It's no wonder that black plague ghost stories are still shared in hushed whispers.

Any brave souls seeking haunted black plague locations don't have to look far. Churches, tunnels, and even entire towns where people perished are rumored to bear the paranormal mark of the disease. And the spirits themselves aren't exactly secretive - ghosts from this time supposedly often appear frightened, weeping, and wailing. Visitors to notorious sites, like the island of Poveglia, report how they can feel the pain of the past. These stories are a tragic reminder of that dark time.

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  • A Ghostly Horse And Rider Gallop Through An Old Church's Walls

    A Ghostly Horse And Rider Gallop Through An Old Church's Walls
    Photo: Internet Archive Book Images / Wikimedia Commons / No Restrictions

    In a church in Knowltown, England, a host of recurring black plague ghosts have been reported. A ghostly face is often appears in a tower window, and some have seen a weeping nun kneeling outside the church. But the most unusual spirits might be that of a horse and rider.

    The pair gallops across the church grounds in the dead of night - and straight through the church's walls, as if it isn't even there.

  • A Strange Presence Mourns At A Plague Burial Ground

    A Strange Presence Mourns At A Plague Burial Ground
    Photo: Theodor Kittelsen / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    In a church in Norwich, England, built over a mass grave of plague victims, 34-year-old Jodie Carmen caught an eerie sight on her camera. The paranormal enthusiast took a photograph just after midnight one night in 2015, when she and her companions heard bumping and knocking near the front of the church.

    The snapshot revealed the spectral outline of a figure seated in one of the pews.

  • Eerie Hands Showed Up In A Tourist's Photograph

    Eerie Hands Showed Up In A Tourist's Photograph
    Photo: Wellcome Images / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

    According to a tale shared on Ghost Stories Online, a young Italian woman participated in an overnight ghost hunt on Poveglia Island. She did not notice anything unusual, and left somewhat let down. However, when examining pictures from her trip, a friend noticed something odd.

    In one photo of an abandoned building, she spotted what looked like phantom head and hands resting on a bed near the window.

  • A Mysterious Figure Appears In An Abandoned Church

    A Mysterious Figure Appears In An Abandoned Church
    Photo: Michael Wolgemut / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    When a mother and her child were visiting an abandoned church in Knowltown, England, they were approached by a dark figure in broad daylight. After walking across their path, the figure promptly vanished. Other visitors had seen the figure, but only late at night, and described it as having a truly menacing aura.

    Could this presence be a manifestation of the black death itself?