Tales from the Crypt [29 PICS]

May 27th, 2012 Permalink

Every crypt has a different story, how it was built, who it was for, but very few of these graves will be decorated or the people remembered on Memorial Day — especially since only two are in the USA. Mostly we don’t know those stories, but we did like the images. Several of these crypts were abandoned and then ‘discovered’ during urbex adventures, or by photographers on very remote and rural adventures. Nature is reclaiming some, others are a bit eerie, while yet others are still beautiful. Tales from the crypts: Happy bizarre Memorial Day? [29 Photos]

The Overgrown Crypt

The Overgrown Crypt — La Recoleta cemetery in Argentina. The photographer wrote, “Every crypt seemed to have its own story… I wish I could have heard the tales of each one. But, on the plus side, I did have my over-active imagination to fill in the blanks.” Photo #1 by Trey Ratcliff

Follow the way

“Follow the way.” Photo #2 by Bousure


The Secret Cave, Enshrouded in Roots Found deep in the jungles of Cambodia

“The Secret Cave, enshrouded in roots found deep in the jungles of Cambodia.” Photo #3 by Trey Ratcliff

I see the light on a rainy day! inside a crypt under the main altar of Santo Domingo's Cathedral

“I see the light on a rainy day!” Inside a crypt under the main altar of Santo Domingo’s Cathedral. Photo #4 by Mercedes Ramirez Guerrero

Statue in the flooded Crypt underneath Winchester Cathedral

This sculpture, Sound 2 by Antony Gormley, is in the flooded Crypt underneath Winchester Cathedral. The crypt was built between 1079 and 1093 and is the oldest part of the cathedral. Photo #5 by Gillie

Midnight Adventure in the Japanese Cemetery

Midnight Adventure in the Japanese Cemetery. The photographer wrote, “The night had been dark for many hours by the time I hiked to this point. It was raining and somehow the wetness seemed to make everything even more black. There were old and new crypts, spider webs, lonely rotting wood, creaking trees in the heavy rain, and more strange sounds from the woods. Talk about eerie! Japanese cemeteries are not places that people visit very often. It’s bad luck. Naturally, I don’t believe in any of that, so it was my good luck it was empty for photography!” Photo #6 by Trey Ratcliff

Into the darkness, blindly -- Hall of deceased, crypt in Laken (Laeken), Brussels

“Into the darkness, blindly in Brussels. A stunning secret crypt hidden beneath the fascinating graveyard of Laken (Laeken): The Hall of deceased. Photo #7 by Eddy Van 3000

The Crypt at Freising Cathedral, also called Saint Mary and Corbinian Cathedral

The Crypt at Freising Cathedral, also called Saint Mary and Corbinian Cathedral. The photographer wrote, “In the center of the cathedrals crypt one of the most distinguished sculptures in Europe is located: the so called Bestiensäule (the column of beasts), carved out of stone in the high Middle Ages.” Photo #8 by mx2-foto

Grave Robber

“Grave Robber,” the photographer called this. “Here is another location from within that amazing city of crypts in Argentina. I took so many shots in there that my shutter almost joined the derelict remains of this rather haunting locale.” Photo #9 by Trey Ratcliff

Rome tombs and crypts imitated on the coast of Tokoyo - Nijima island

Rome tombs and crypts imitated off the coast of Tokyo – Nijima island. The photographer explained, “The beautiful Island called Nijima somewhere far off from Tokyo. At Nijima the people imitated the Roman style. They even built up an Onsen in Roman hot spring style and destroyed it afterwards to get the ‘Hey man it is old’ feeling. Crazy right?” Photo #10 by Spreng Ben

Imperial Crypt in Vienna - The Masque of the Red Death

Imperial Crypt in Vienna – The Masque of the Red Death. According to the photographer, “The Masque of the Red Death is first a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1842. It’s also a film starring Vincent Price and directed by Roger Corman, in 1964. This picture has been taken in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna.” Photo #11 by Fred

Crypt Keeper

How could we do Tales from the Crypt without a Crypt Keeper? Photo #12 by Emerson Quinn

Crypt in Wola Gułowska Lublin Province Poland

Crypt in Wola Gułowska, Lublin Province, Poland. Photo #13 by Marcin Białek

From a cemetery in New Orleans where Interview with the Vampire was filmed

From a cemetery in New Orleans where Interview with the Vampire was filmed. Photo #14 by casch52

The moment of truth, what choice

“The moment of truth, what choice?” Photo #16 by Bousure

A Lonely Prayer at the Crypt

A Lonely Prayer at the Crypt. The photographer explained, “The entire labyrinthian network of crypts in Beunos Aires was lonely and eerie. For a few moments, I thought I saw a ghostly nun floating between the marble and granite tombs. And then I came around a corner, and saw her deep in prayer. I hung back a little before snapping a quick photo.” Photo #17 by Trey Ratcliff

Long Goodbye leads to the Doorway to Heaven - long hallway in Texas mausoleum

“Long Goodbye leads to the Doorway to Heaven,” a long hallway in a Texas mausoleum. Photo #18 by Road Fun

Brussels crypt Becoming the void of nothingness

Brussels crypt: “Becoming the void of nothingness.” Photo #19 by Eddy Van 3000

Brussels crypt, new guest

“New guest” at abandoned crypt in Belgium. Photo #20 by Bousure

Porch next to the crypt of the Colonia Guell, Gaudi's masterpiece

Porch next to the crypt of the Colonia Guell, Gaudi’s masterpiece. The Colonia Güell is in the municipality of Santa Coloma de Cervelló near Barcelona. (25 km). Work on crypt started in 1908 and finished in 1914. “Gaudi wanted to build a crypt and a church on it from a height of 40 meters. Count Guell’s heirs expressed their desire to not continue.” Photo #21 by xn44

The Crypt at Sunset -- A hilltop temple at Sunset near Angkor Wat

“The Crypt at Sunset — A hilltop temple at Sunset near Angkor Wat.” Photo #22 by Trey Ratcliff

Tales from the Crypt

“Tales from the Crypt,” wrote the photographer. “Ok so you’re in a Church and there’s a 3 meter-tall stone skeleton staring at you, as if he forgot to cut you in half or tear your head off in some sadistic ritual . . . This is creepy.” Photo #23 by Pierre J.

Creepies Inside The Crypt

The photographer thought HDR helped bring out all the “creepies” inside the crypt. Photo #24 by Lucid Nightmare

Dijon Crypt - St.Benigne

Dijon Crypt. The church of Saint-Benigne de Dijon retains in its crypt one of the oldest Christian sanctuaries still to be seen in France. The rebuilding began on 14 February 1001. It was destroyed by the Revolution and much of the rubble was used to fill in the lowest story, which was the crypt. In 1843 this crypt was rediscovered and reinstated. Photo #25 by Laura

In the lower level of the Garfield Mausoleum is the crypt which contains the bronze coffins of President Garfield and his wife, Lucretia

In the lower level of the Garfield Mausoleum is the crypt which contains the bronze coffins of President Garfield and his wife, Lucretia. It’s in Ohio and is called the “biggest and most elaborate burial place” of any U.S. President. Photo #26 by Tom Bower

Eddi Gumbez (15 th century) mausoleum and graveyard in Shamakhi (Azerbaijan)

Eddi Gumbez (15th century) mausoleum and graveyard in Shamakhi (Azerbaijan). The photographer wrote, “At the foot of Gulistan Fortress is located Eddi Gumbez Mausoleum or ‘Seven Domes’. This is how people named Shamakhi tomb of Shirvan Dynasty rulers. There the notorious representatives of Shirvan Dynasty were buried. The monument’s name is defined be the number of gravestones in the crypt. Today the gravestones look like half-destroyed stone domes as if grown directly from under the ground in the middle of deserted graveyard. Therefore the atmosphere of this district seems a little mysterious.” Photo #27 by Retlaw Snellac

Swallowing the Ruins

“Swallowing the Ruins.” The photographer noted, “I made it to the heart of Ta Prohm, an undisturbed Bayon ruin out the outskirts of Angkor Wat….The temple was built in 1181 AD and was the home to 18 high priests, 615 dancers, and 12,500 people.” He also posted an HDR tutorial. Photo #28 by Trey Ratcliff

The Crypt Keeper - Hollywood wax museum

The Crypt Keeper – Hollywood wax museum. “The Crypt Keeper: Who’s next? [looks at camera] Perhaps… you?” We came across a different Crypt Keeper picture and laughed at the photographer’s note: “Tripping pretty hard on mushrooms. This completed a moment.” Happy bizarre Memorial Day? Photo #29 by Rick Samuelson

Intro to Tales from the Crypt. Aired on HBO from 1989 to 1996. Video by jabberwookkee


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