Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Russia
Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Russia

Being the largest country by area across the globe, Russia incorporates a vast range of landforms and spans a total of 11 time zones. It shares land borders with countries like Estonia, Finland, Norway, and Poland etc. and is known for covering over 1/8th of Earth’s occupied land area.

There is no denying the fact that Russia is an incredibly wonderful country with beautiful churches and delicious cuisine but when it comes to horror, it takes you to a next level. that you will definitely end up having goosebumps on your next visit.

From Stalin’s country house to the Diamond mine in Yakutia, there are so many haunted places in Russia that you will remember for life.

List of top 10 most haunted and ghost places in Russia

10. Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

9. Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg

8. Tower of the old hospital in Ryazan

7. Mikhailovsky Castle

6. Rotonda

5. Obvodny Canal

4. Northern Crown – The Stranded 5-Star Hotel

3. Mirny Diamond Mine

2. The Kusovnikov House in Moscow

1. The Maternity Hospital

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What are the most haunted and ghost places in Russia?

10. Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

Photo:  Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin is a fortress in the center of Nizhny Novgorod and its oldest historical part, the main social and political and historical and artistic complex of the city.

The official residence of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of Russia in the Volga Federal District, the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region and the Mayor of Nizhny Novgorod.

It is located on the right high bank, at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers. The northwestern part of the Kremlin descends almost to the foot of the slopes, the south-eastern part goes to Minin and Pozharsky Square, and the south-west part rises above the deep Pochainsky ravine and the People's Unity Square.

There is a legend that when the Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod was being built, the constructors were unable to finish one of the towers. It kept falling down. In the end, they decided to make a sacrifice and to build the tower on the blood of the first person who passed by. It happened to be a pregnant woman hurrying to the river for water. She was seized and bricked up in the tower alive. The ghost of a pale woman holding a baby has appeared near this place ever since.

9. Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg

Photo:  St. Petersburg
Photo: St. Petersburg

This is a narrow and twisting canal flowing through the very centre of St. Petersburg, between - and for most of its length parallel to - the Fontanka and Moyka Rivers. Although the canal is less than six kilometers in length, it is traversed by more than 21 bridges, many of them pedestrian. Only Obvodny Canal, with its 24 bridges, has more. The canal's embankment is five kilometers long and gives a broad panorama of St. Petersburg architecture spanning centuries and styles - from luxurious palaces and cathedrals to simple tenements of the beginning from the 20th century. The canal is also famous as the site where anarchist revolutionaries killed Russian Emperor Alexander II, undoubtedly one of the most high-profile terrorist attacks of the 19th century.

Griboedov Canal was built along the course of the small Krivusha River, which was here long before the construction of St. Petersburg. Houses for employees of the Navy Department were built on the right bank of the river in the 1730's. In 1737, the Krivusha River channel was connected to the Moyka. The new channel was named Konyushennaya, and the houses and barns of the Court Stables were located here. From 1759-1761, a mansion for General Villebois was built at the intersection of the canal and Nevsky Prospekt by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Here, during the 1820s and 30s, millionaire Baron Vasily Engelhardt held the best masquerades and balls in the city, and it now hosts concerts of chamber music in the Maly (Small) Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

During a misty night in March, one can see the ghost of a young girl near the Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg. Her face is blue because of asphyxiation, and there is a big red mark on her neck caused by a rope. This is famous revolutionary Sophia Perovskaya, who assassinated Tsar Alexander II and was hanged for her deed. To meet this ghost is a bad omen, and can cost nocturnal pedestrians their lives.

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8. Tower of the old hospital in Ryazan

Photo: Alexander Usoltsev
Photo: Alexander Usoltsev

Among the high-rise modern buildings at 15 Gorky Street in Ryazan is an old tower – all that remains of the old hospital. At night, a lonely dark figure can be seen walking in this tower. This is the ghost of Alexander Smitten, who administered the hospital more than a century ago.

7. Mikhailovsky Castle

Photo:  Visit Petersburg
Photo: Visit Petersburg

The Mikhailovsky Castle is both a beautiful and unusual architectural phenomenon for St. Petersburg and was a silent witness to some interesting episodes in the dramatic story of the short-lived reign of Emperor Paul I, son of Catherine the Great. Catherine overthrew her husband Peter III to gain access to the Russian Imperial throne and then ruled the country until her death in 1796. By then her son Paul was 42 years old and would normally have already taken over the mantle of power from his mother. However, neither the nobility nor the royal guards liked or respected Paul and he lived his life in constant fear of assassination. In order to allay these fears he ordered a fortified palace (a castle surrounded by deep ditches) to be built for him. According to a legend, one of the soldiers guarding the construction site experienced a vision of the Archangel Michael guarding the castle alongside him. This was reported to the Emperor and the castle was given the name Mikhailovsky (St Michael's).

The Mikhailovsky Castle is well known for two reasons: Firstly, it is St Petersburg’s only castle, and secondly, it is the home of the city’s most famous ghost, tsar Pavel I. The building of the castle was his initiative, and after it was completed, it became his refuge. Pavel was murdered by a drunken mob of soldiers who were only supposed to arrest him so that his son could take the throne. His life was also brimming with auspiciousness: he ruled exactly four years, four months and four days, and he lived in his castle for only 40 days. According to legend, there is a particular window in the castle, where he can be seen playing the violin, his favourite instrument.

6. Rotonda

At the corner of Gorokhovaya Str and the Fontanka embankment, there’s a house built in the end of the 18th century. It is a typical building in St. Petersburg, but…

Here you can find the most mystical spot in the city – the Rotunda.

It is a round building with six free-standing columns. The bends of the walls repeat the lines of the stairs aspiring endlessly upwards.

The Rotunda earned its cult status in the ’70 – ’80s of the last century with the rise of the population of informal Soviet youth movements and subcultures: rockers, hippies, punks.

There are a ton of legends surrounding this place. For example, dreams and wishes written on the walls of the Rotunda may come true. But this is not the only legend. Someone called this place the center of the universe, since the Rotunda is located at intersection of the meridians of the St. Petersburg hexagon.

There is also a legend about a young man who went down into the basement of the house, got into the parallel world and spent there about 15 minutes. When he came back he looked like an old man.

Many believe that at midnight you can meet Satan here. During the times of the Russian Empire the Rotunda was a meeting place for Freemasons. It was also the favorite place of Grigory Rasputin.

5. Obvodny Canal

Photo:  - Wikimedia Commons
Photo: - Wikimedia Commons

At some point Obvodny Canal had served as a city frontier. While the Fontanka had been the city frontier of the 18th century, in the 19th century the city border ran along Obvodny Canal, with the suburbs on the other bank. And while the city border had advanced significantly since then, the look of Obvodny Canal had changed over the past 20th century, and “city outskirts” now means something different, it still feels “uptownish” in some way even today. Obvodny Canal is not only a hydrotechnical facility of cutting-edge quality for its time and an important waterway between the port and the upper Neva; it is also a part of the city’s artistic image, as significant for the city’s culture as Nevsky Prospekt. At least without Obvodny Canal the perception of St. Petersburg would be incomplete. St. Petersburg had always presented a dichotomy of two likenesses – the solemn, official and beautiful, and the industrial, noisy, smoggy and unkempt. Both likenesses, however, comprised the unique whole – the capital of the Russian Empire. Both of these likenesses had had an influence on the development of the city.

Obvodny Canal is one of the main artificial water arteries of St. Petersburg and the longest of all at 8 km. The canal currently serves as a conditional border of the southern industrial belt of the city. Many of the buildings along Obvodny Canal, civil and industrial constructions, bridges and support walls, are of considerable historic and architectural value. The current architectural environment along the canal shores is of very individual nature and is an inalienable part of St. Petersburg, like Nevsky Prospekt, Kolomna, Vasilyevsky Island.

Obvodny Canal is the longest artificial canal in St Petersburg that used to serve as the southern boundary of the city. Despite not being very deep, it has been the location of many suicide attempts, most of them successful. Those who’ve been saved have said that they didn’t mean to commit suicide. They just felt an overwhelming force to jump in. Some say it comes from the restless souls in the canal craving company. If you do decide to visit, don’t stand too close to the water.

4. Northern Crown – The Stranded 5-Star Hotel

Photo:  TravelTriangle
Photo: TravelTriangle

It should be bustling with wealthy holiday makers and business executives but instead this crumbling five star hotel lies empty after the stunning project was mothballed nearly two decades ago.

The 247 rooms of the Northern Crown Hotel have never been slept in, and the corridors of what should have been a grand lobby are filled with an eerie silence.

The luxury hotel was set to be a premier St. Petersburg destination when construction began in the Russian city in 1988.

However, workers downed tools at the hotel in 1995, with the building 90 per cent complete after a bank which had been helping to finance the construction ran into financial troubles.

Although several attempts have been made to recommence building work have been made, the unfinished hotel was instead left dormant and is now due to be demolished.

Work had begun on the hotel in the late 80s by the firm Monteksgroeksport, based in what was then Yugoslavia, after the project was commissioned by the Soviet government.

But, the destiny had some other plans since its construction was almost completed when the project was abruptly stopped due to the lack of money. Then what happened was the destruction of this glorious hotel as it eventually became an abandoned place and never had the opportunity to host any visitor. Plenty of locals also believe that this unfortunate event is related to the demise of Metropolitan Ioann of St. Pete. He died in Northern Crown during a reception in the honor of the 5oth birthday of Bank St. Petersburg. Even today, the rooms look as luxurious as ever but the building cannot get repaired now.

3. Mirny Diamond Mine

Photo:  Interesting Engineering
Photo: Interesting Engineering

The Mir mine, also called the Mirny mine, is an open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Sakha Republic, in the Siberian region of eastern Russia. The mine is more than 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep (4th in the world), has a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft), and is one of the largest excavated holes in the world.

Open-pit mining began in 1957 and was discontinued in 2001. Since 2009, it has been active as an underground diamond mine.

The diamond-bearing deposits were discovered on June 13, 1955, by Soviet geologists Yuri Khabardin, Ekaterina Elagina and Viktor Avdeenko during the large Amakinsky Expedition in Yakut ASSR. They found traces of the volcanic rock kimberlite, which is usually associated with diamonds. This finding was the second success in the search for kimberlite in Russia, after numerous failed expeditions of the 1940s and 1950s. (The first was Zarnitsa mine, 1954.) For this discovery, in 1957 Khabardin was given the Lenin Prize, one of the highest awards in the Soviet Union.

Are you someone who is fascinated about those mysteries about Bermuda Triangle and wish to visit a place like this? If yes, then you must go to the Mirny Diamond Mine at least once in your lifetime to witness something extraordinary. Once a source of jobs and revenue for the Russians, this place was earlier known for producing the most amount of the precious Russian diamonds. The city that surrounded this huge mine was full used to be a busy one with a lot of happy and cheerful citizens.

Although this deserted mine is now closed till now, there has been not been any clear scientific explanation of why every helicopter that flew above this hole got sucked into it. Strange for a diamond mine, isn’t it? Well, if you wish to visit the popular scary places in Russia , then do not forget to pay a visit here and explore the mystery of this place.

2. The Kusovnikov House in Moscow

Image Credit: LadyElaina by Pixabay
Image Credit: LadyElaina by Pixabay

Situated on the Myasnitskaya Street in the Central Moscow, this 19th century House No.17 was used to be the residence of Pyotr and Sofya who were extremely greedy. They were also very suspicious about whether their money is safe or not and that is why they used to hide it in different and unusual places.

They adopted this trick so that none can steal their money but what they didn’t know was that one day, it would be the reason for their own destruction. It is said that one unfortunate night, the caretaker accidentally burned their hidden money in the fireplace and they died on the spot due to the shock. Since that day, a lot of people have witnessed the ghost of an old humped man, considered by them as Pyotr Kusovnikov on the nearby street who mourns the loss of his money. So, if you are planning to take a night walk on this street, make sure to think twice before you end up bumping into him.

1. The Maternity Hospital

Photo: Travel Triangle
Photo: Travel Triangle

It was built on a territory of the hospital constructed for the participants of the patriotic war that took place in 1812. After becoming the maternity hospital in the 2nd half of 20th century, it was closed due to reconstruction in the year 2009. Despite the fact that this building has been abandoned for so many years, it is quite astonishing to witness that the hospital still has the central heating which is rather clean. There is a reason why it comes under the category of the most haunted places in Russia as the place looks like the torture chamber from a horror movie.

The Maternity hospital has been the major tourist attraction for a long time and a lot of enthusiastic bloggers often come here on a regular basis to find out the reason behind the peculiarity of this building. What adds to the weirdness of this place is the fact that a lot of pregnant Russian women want to deliver their baby in this particular hospital. This is the perfect place for those who had a thing for scary hospitals and its creepy corridors.

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