As Halloween is around the corner, our search for thrills takes us to dig in the darkest legends. And believe it or not, Paris is full of terrifying paranormal stories. Since you are fascinated in supernatural, we offer you to discover three urban legends whispered in town.
On the grave of the father of spiritism
If you have been to the Père-Lachaise cemetery already, perhaps have you been surprised by the intriguing dolmen-like sepulcher. This grave is said as the one the most covered in flowers in the cemetery. Perhaps have you even seen some strange scenes: visitors looking to touch the neck of the bust standing there, or the back of the dolmen.
Weird… very weird…
You may not know it, but this is where Allan Kardec is resting. Who is he again? He is none other but the father of spiritism. His most famous work, The Spirits Book, that is part of the most read books after the Bible.
Rumor has it, Allan Kardec said when he was still alive “After my death, you come see me, put his hand on the neck of the statue that will top my grave, and then doing a vow. If you answered, return with flowers”. Since then, visitors are still trying to do a vow by his grave, and the many flowers left there keep this legend up. So much that now, at the back of the dolmen, a board belies the superstition and invites you not to give yourself over to the ritual.
Her fortune to the one who will keep her company in death
Still at the Père-Lachaise cemetery, a huge mausoleum overlooks the neighboring graves of the 19th division. This is in this very majestic vault that rests Elisabeth Alexandrovna Stroganoff-Dominoff, a Russian countess. Behind the beauty of the funerary monument yet hides a dark urban legend.
It is commonly told that in a will she deposited to a Parisian notary, the countess said she would bequeath her two-million rubles fortune to anyone who would agree to locking themselves up for 365 days and 366 nights in her vault. During this time, the person would then have to stay by her coffin and should not leave her for any reason. “She did not object they eat lavishly, read funny books by her. But they shall not leave her side for one second. She added this very condition to her munificence”.
Adventurous souls tried their luck, but none of them is said to have made it that long without becoming crazy. According to some dark rumors, this tomb is actually a direct door to… hell.
The red man of the Tuileries
If the French capital is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, its eventful story is no less filled with dreadful events. This is not surprising if many ghost stories have been shared over the centuries.
One of the most famous one probably is the red man of the Tuileries. This legend is tightly linked to the story of the Palais des Tuileries, now gone, and Catherine of Medici, Queen of France. Rumor has it when she lived in this royal residence, she has had Jean the skinner murdered as he worked in a nearby slaughterhouse, on the pretext he knew royal secrets. Before he died, he is said to have predicted his murdered he will return. His ghost would have then appeared, covered in his blood, hence the following nickname: the little red man of the Tuileries.
Each of his apparition was forewarning a tragic event. To Catherine de Medici’s astrologist, he predicted the construction of the Tuileries would lead her to her ruin. Over the centuries, he would even have appeared to famous people announcing their tragic destiny, including Marie-Antoinette and Napoleon I. The legend went on until the Palais des Tuileries was destroyed, with which he disappeared.
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