7 REAL LIFE Gates to HELL You Can ACTUALLY Travel to

7 REAL LIFE Gates to HELL You Can ACTUALLY Travel to


Though its name may differ from one set of
teachings to another, almost every religion that we know of believe that there is a special
and horrific place for the souls of those who have been banished for purposes of either
penance or perpetual punishment. From the toxic tunnels in Turkey, to the tricky
Mayan City of Xibalba, and all the way to the Greco-Roman temples dedicated to Hades,
cultures around the world have stories of fire and brimstone that speak of doorways,
caves and rivers on Earth leading to hell or the underworld. These purported entrances to the netherworld
are scattered across the globe, and while many of them have already fallen to ruin,
they are all still sites of mystery and danger that continue to grab the attention of even
the best of us. And so in this video, we’re gonna talk about 7
actual places on earth people believed were entrances to hell. Cape Matapan was one of
the several entrances that the Ancient Greeks once ascribed to Hades, the Kingdom of the
Shades. When Orpheus headed down to Hades in order
to rescue Eurydice, it was believed that he had done so through a cave on Cape Matapan. Hercules, too, allegedly used these caverns
when he ventured into the underworld as well. The Cape Matapan Caves are located on the
southernmost tip of the Greek mainland. Also known as Cape Tainaron, or Tenaro, it
is situated on the end of the peninsula currently known as the Mani. In modern times, the caves at Cape Matapan
can still be entered by visitors. However, they must ride a boat if they want
to pass through this particular hellgate. This active volcano located in the southern
mountains of Iceland has developed its reputation as a gateway to hell sometime in the 12th
century, after its historic 1104 eruption. The monk Benedict’s 1120 poem about the
voyages of Saint Brendan referred to Hekla as the “eternal prison of Judas.” In 1341, the medieval Icelandic manuscript
“Flatey Book Annal” described large birds that were seen flying inside the
volcano’s fiery crater, and these creatures were believed to be the swarming souls of
the damned. There have been more than 20 serious volcanic
eruptions of Hekla recorded since 874 AD. Since its activity has remained somewhat peaceful
in recent years, most superstitions surrounding Hekla disappeared by the 19th century. However, even in recent times, Hekla has kept
its diabolic status, as local folklore claims it to be a place where witches meet with the
devil. At present, this pit in the Roman Forum doesn’t
look like much, but according to a legend told by the Roman historian Livy, Lacus Curtius
was once a wide chasm that appeared in the middle of Rome, and nothing could fill it. According to Livy’s story, an oracle once
prophesized that the chasm would not close and that the Roman Republic would fall unless
the city sacrificed that which had made it strong. To a man named Marcus Curtius, the strength
of Rome lied in its weapons and the bravery of its citizens. And so, fully armored and armed, Marcus Curtius
rode his horse, entered the chasm, and supposedly went straight into the underworld. Because of his bravery, the chasm closed and
the city was saved. This place is once believed
to be the entrance to the Mayan underworld known as Xibalba. The name Actun Tunichil Mukna translates to
“Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre,” and extensive research has linked the site to ancient Mayan
legends that speak of rivers of blood and scorpions and a vast subterranean labyrinth
ruled over by the demonic death gods of Xibalba. The caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal have become
a popular destination for explorers since it was rediscovered back in 1989. One of the more notable discoveries in the
caves is the skeleton of an 18-year-old-girl who is believed to have been ritualistically
sacrificed and murdered for the Death Gods of Xibalba. More than a thousand years since her death,
her bones calcified, creating a shimmering crystal effect which earned her skeleton the
nickname the “Crystal Maiden.” For thousands of years, the Ancient Greek
site known as “Ploutonion” or “Pluto’s Gate” was dismissed as nothing more than
a work of fiction. That is until the site was rediscovered in
1965 in the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is near modern-day Pamukkale in Turkey. Long believed to have been a gateway to hell,
an archaeological dig revealed the remains of an ancient temple, believed to be the sacred
Temple of Pluto, which is situated on its thermal spring. One of the distinctive features of Pluto’s
Gate are the toxic fumes which travels from the tunnels beneath. In ancient times, these fumes were often inhaled
by the priests of Pluto, which inevitably sent them into hallucinogenic trance states. Even now, the poisonous vapors of the area
take the lives of birds that fly too close to the ruins. The 2,000-year-old City of Ghosts is located
in the Chonqing municipality of China, and it has long been believed to be a pitstop
of the dead on their way to the afterlife. Founded during the Han Dynasty, which ruled
China between 206 BC and 220 AD, the City of Ghosts bases its heritage on the story
of two renegade officials who escaped the wrath of the emperor. Their names, Yin and Wang, were later used
to create the title for one of the rulers of hell – “Yin Wang.” Fengdu is famous for its traditional architecture
and elaborate craftsmanship. Its streets and squares are filled with statues
of ghosts and demons, but it’s most striking landmark is arguably “The Ghost King”
– a giant, carved face looking down on the city from a rock face. Measuring about 452 feet tall and 712 feet
across, it is considered as the largest rock sculpture in the world. Unlike some of the entrances we have mentioned
on this list, the Chinoike Jigoku is easily accessible by bus, and is designated as a
“Place of Scenic Beauty.” Japan’s Beppu City is the home to a series
of nine hot springs, and each one flows in a different color and composition. At the heart of these health spa pools lies
the dark legend involving the pool known as Chinoike Jigoku or the “Bloody Hell Pond.” This particular pond gets its name from its
rich hellish red color which comes from the natural iron oxide deposits located on the
pond bed. The Bloody Hell Pond is presided over by a
collection of sculpted demons, some of which were carved into the rocks themselves. The Chinoike Jigoku has been likened by Buddhists
to the bubbling pits of hell, and in olden times, the Bloody Pond – which is very hot
at around 78 degrees Celsius – had been used to torture prisoners before they were
boiled alive.

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