I found this post as I was checking out Quora and it creeped me out a bit. The dolls were a bit much for me, but I’d love to see the Catacombes de Paris. Enjoy all and Happy Travels! Jill Charpia
Answer by Mark Hughes:
I’m going to try to list only actually surreal places, not just interesting or cool ones. The goal is to find places to visit that truly seem unreal, bizarre, and fantastical, and I think these definitely qualify. They are like something out of a dream or movie, not the sort of places you’d expect to really find as part of the real, ordinary world…1. Underground Seattle, Washington (USA). It used to be part of the above-ground city, but over many years it was left behind as the city rose and covered more and more of these passages and structures, then it was just abandoned.
Here’s a promo video for the tour you can take through the Seattle underground:
2. Mo’ynoq, Uzbekistan
The sea disappeared, leaving a tiny community that includes an armada of ships… sitting all over town on dry, desert-like land. Lots of big, rusted old ships scattered around like something the aliens left behind in Close Encounters of the Third Kind…
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3. Catacombes de Paris are exactly what that sounds like they would be — an underground tunnel (part of a larger network of tunnels) that houses the skeletal remains of 6 MILLION PEOPLE arranged in a̶ ̶h̶o̶r̶r̶i̶f̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶n̶i̶g̶h̶t̶m̶a̶r̶i̶s̶h̶ ̶v̶i̶s̶i̶o̶n̶ an interesting decorative fashion…
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4. Island of the Dolls in Mexico, where you’ll see this…
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…because this is an island FILLED WITH BROKEN, FILTHY DOLLS strung up all over the place. This is one of several small islands in a series of canals in Mexico in Xochimilco, and when you approach this particular little island this is what you’ll see from your boat:
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Julián Santana Barrera owned the island, and strung up old dolls he’d find in the canal and in trash piles etc. He supposedly found the dead body of a young girl who drowned in the canal (other reports say he in fact was responsible for kiling the girl and reported her death as an accidental drowning), and began hanging the dolls up in order to appease her angry spirit. He thought the dolls came to life at night and killed animals on the island. The man died in 2001 (contrary to rumors and myth, he did not drown in the same place the little girl died, nor was he attacked one night by the dolls coming to life to take revenge — he died of natural causes), but his surreal and very disturbing Island of the Dolls remains in tact and you can still visit it if you’d like.
Here’s a little tour of the island on video. Start at about 4 minutes into the video, that’s where the boat rounds the corner of the canal and approaches the island: