It is quite common to identify the peculiarities of the places we know around the world, since habits, cultures and people change a lot according to the location of each country.
If you think the place where you live is very normal, get out of the boredom and be sure to visit some of the most different cities in the world. Many are amazing and interesting, and some are very strange and even scary. In one way or another, however, all of them are still provocative.
We list 15 of them below for you to be surprised. Check out!
1. Najaf, Iraq
If you are a fearful person, never consider living in the city of Najaf, Iraq. It is home to the largest cemetery in the world, Wadi-Al-Salam, where more than five million people are buried. Believe it or not, the residents of Najaf live next to the graves. Will you face it?
2. Rennes-le-Château, France
Located on top of a hill, this is a small village famous for its mysteries such as unsolved murders, guarded treasures and rituals and secrets hidden in the roots of Christianity. The curiosity of the city is that it was the source of inspiration for the writer Dan Brown, who created his controversial Da Vinci Code.
3. Monowi, United States
Ever heard of a city where the population is just one person? If not, get to know Monowi, located in Nebraska, which was once very populous, but for some reason today there is only one resident (Elsie Eiler, 77 years old), responsible for taking care of a bar and a public library for visitors. .
4. Miyake-Jima, Japan
The island of Miyake-Jima in Japan is where Mount Oyama is located, one of the most active volcanoes in the world that spews a poisonous gas, and for this reason, all inhabitants of the region must wear protective masks at all times. whole.
The worst eruption took place in 2000, when the mountain released an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 tons of sulfoxide dioxide every day, making the island uninhabitable and forcing people to leave their homes behind.
5. Centralia, United States
Currently, about ten residents live in the city of Centralia, in the United States, considered one of the most dangerous to inhabit. Until then, the place was deserted due to the eruption of a fire, which has mysteriously burned there for decades. In addition, there are menacing potholes in the area, made famous after a boy fell into one in his backyard in the 1980s.
6. Coober Pedy, Australia
Have you ever thought about visiting an underground city built from old abandoned mines? In Coober Pedy this is possible. The place is known for being a great place to live, as daily activities are not hampered by the high incidence of sunlight typical in the region. The Australian city is also very famous for the opal stones that are mined there.
7. Federation of Damanhur, Italy
The Federation of Damanhur is a kind of underground city located in northern Italy, which was built based on the dreams of a radical humanist many years ago. Popular for its unconventional beliefs, it has grown to have a large number of eco-friendly homes today.
8. Kunming Village, China
If you think you’ve seen it all in this life, it’s because you haven’t heard of Kunming Village in China, which is home to only dwarves. It was created by Chen Mingjing, a 44-year-old entrepreneur, with the aim of providing a place where people with dwarfism could live in a society without being discriminated against.
To live there, the rule is not to exceed the height of 1.30 meters and, in addition, the village has a first-class infrastructure, even offering a police station and fire brigade adapted to the height of the residents.
9. Hell, United States
As the name itself says (the translation of Hell is hell), this small town located in Michigan has several scary and devilish restaurants and tourist attractions that are completely different from what we are used to. As you can imagine, Halloween is the favorite holiday of the locals.
10. Elista, Russia
Elista, Russia, is extremely popular with tourists as it is known as the “City of Chess”. The reason for this is that a designer passionate about the game used it as a theme to design the entire city, even placing a huge board in the central square of the place.
11. Manshiyat Nasser, Egypt
Known worldwide as the “slum city”, Manshiyat Nasser is completely covered in piles of rubbish. In addition, it has no drinking water, electricity and no good buildings. Each resident who inhabits the place is responsible for processing a type of waste, including metals, plastics and other objects.
The main reason for this is that the city has become the official garbage collector for the city of Cairo, Egypt, which does not have an efficient system for disposing of its waste.
12. Colma, United States
The reason why the city of Colma, located in California, is on the list is just one: currently, there are more people dead than alive there (about 1800 residents against 1.5 million dead).
Almost all of the deceased lived in the city of San Francisco, but at the turn of the last century the city passed a law that banned all the dead within its confines. In this way, Colma took the opportunity to earn extra income and accepted all the recently deceased from the neighboring town.
13. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco, Chefchaouen has become a tourist attraction, mainly due to its blue streets and houses, which were painted by its Jewish inhabitants who lived there in the 1930s. Another reason for the city’s popularity is that it became the center of drug production in Morocco.