In a land far, far away from here, in the Czech Republic, is a castle. This castle is known as Houska Castle.
When I think of Castles, I think of a place where kings and queens lived. Castles are supposed to be enchanting, right?
Traditionally, a castle served as fortresses; a military institution as protection from an enemy. Castles usually have a motte, which is a mound or ditch filled with water to keep unwanted visitors from entering, and other types of protection. Many castles are built by large bodies of water, near mountains, and other places of protection.
Houska Castle is not an ordinary castle. You see, this castle is hidden far away from a water source and is surrounded by forest and sandstone mountains. This castle was built using Gothic architecture, in 1253-1278 during the reign of Ottokar II of Bohemia. It is definitely one of the best preserves castles out there for its age. This castle was not built to keep unwanted visitors away; it was built to keep the unwanted and evil INSIDE and locked away. It is also built over a well that is reported to be bottomless and also serves as a gateway to HELL. Many investigators who have tried to find the bottom to this well have not been able to. The walls surrounding the chapel above this well are covered with paintings of dragons being slain. The walls are always wet, and there have been claims of demonic activity in the chapel, as well as screams and moans coming from the bottomless pit below, which is why this castle is said to be a gateway to Hell.
Here are some claims made by people who have visited this place. (I pulled this from a website, so check out the link)
People over the years have claimed to see something in the area of the chapel that looks like a cross between a human, a giant frog and a bulldog. They say you can see thru it and it can be heard growling. It’s said when you hear it growl that you are filled with a sense of great fear.
Just outside the front gates people claim to see a giant headless black horse running around dropping great drops of blood from its neck. It is said to run towards the front of the castle and jump into the air and vanish.
People have also claimed to see a line of people chained together walking towards the castle gates and each person chained to the chain has a horrific injury. Some people are said to be carrying their heads or other body parts. A giant black dog is said to be attacking and biting the people on the chain. Then their will be a flash of lighting and a ghoulish laugh and the chain of people and the black dog will vanish.
A beautiful young woman in a beautiful white dress is seen often walking in windows looking outside. No one knows who she is but she appears to be the most normal of all the ghosts in and around the castle.
The mad monk is said to haunt the Chapel. He is wearing simple brown robes and he attacks you with a ghostly axe that goes thru you but doesn't injure you. It has really scared many people over the years. Some have run out of the castle swearing to never return to the castle for any reason.
If you want to learn more about this cool place, check out this episode of Ghost Hunters International on Hulu. It aired in July, and it was the inspiration for this blog post.
GHI GATES OF HELL
If the link above does not work, go to hulu.com, look up Ghost Hunters International, and look for the "Gates of Hell" episode. It is pretty spooky!! If you have seen this, let me know what you thought about GHI's investigation and their findings...
Tell me, what do you think? Do you think a gateway to Hell actually exists? Could there be more gateways to Hell?