Halloween is going to be different this year, like so many other things. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it. How about a stroll through Bucharest to discover the most haunted places?
The hotel can be found on Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta, right next to Cişmigiu Park. It was built in 1912, and was initially called Palace Hotel.
It was built by the architect Nicolae Nacu Pissiota, and his family owned it until 1948 when it was taken by the state and renamed Cişmigiu Hotel. At the time, it was one of the biggest hotels in the city, with around 200 rooms. It was an important place when it came to business too, as all delegations checked in there due to its central location.
Its days of glory where short lived. The hotel was very neglected during the communism period and therefore it closed from 1970 until 1990, when it was turned into a student accommodation for the Academy of Film and Theatre. This was when a student from Bessarabaia by the name of Neli Bejan died in the building.
It all happened one weekend before a holiday, when most of the students were away. The girl fell down the elevator shaft, thinking it was a dorm room. She did not immediately die. It took three hours before that happen, in which time she yelled for help to no avail.
It is rumoured that at night you can hear someone screaming for help, and that it sounds as if the sound is coming from somewhere both far away but also right next you, which is what unsettles those who have experienced this paranormal activity.
The House of Parliament
The most famous building in Romania has quite a dark past. The work for the building began in June 1984, but before that, part of the old city centre was completely wiped to make space for this building. Some very important buildings were also destroyed, including the National Archives, Văcărești Monastery, and Brâncovenesc Hospital. Around 40,000 people had to be relocated.
The construction site was the largest one in Romania. There were around 20,000 to 100,000 people working there around the clock, in shifts of five thousand people. There were quite a few people that died during the construction period. Some fell off the scaffolding, and it is said that some were killed to make sure that information about secret rooms or hidden passages was not going to be revealed.
It is the ghosts of these dead workers that are said to be haunting the building. Security guards on the night shift claim that the presence of spirits has been felt for the past ten years. They appear on the corridors, take down seals and make the security system go off. The most famous ghost is a young girl called Anca who wears a summer dress with a floral pattern and usually goes up to the security guards asking for help.
The monastery is situated on the outskirts of the city, and it is enveloped in mystery and legends. It was built in the 1700s and was intended to be the most important place of worship in Romania. This never happened, as the church was abandoned during the plague.
It is said that Turks attacked the monastery before it was sanctified, thinking it was a military objective and tried to destroy it. They burned all church documents, but the building managed to survive. Because of this, the building is considered unholy, and is used as one of the reasons to explain some of the paranormal activities that surround it.
After it was abandoned, it became a place of refuge for those suffering from the plague. Many people died within its walls from the disease, including the Metropolitan of Wallachia of that time, Cosma. It is said that the bell was thrown in the waters of the Dâmbovița River so the people hiding there would not be found so easily. However, the bell can still be hear today, on nights with a full moon.
If you are not convinced, how about going to check out these places over the weekend and see for yourself? It’s going to be a full moon on Halloween, so it is the perfect time for a spook!