Mysticism is the name given to any phenomenon or event that cannot be explained. However, there is still an incredible number of mystical places on the planet that have manifested themselves from ancient times to the present day, which are associated with many legends and even chilling stories. These are anomalous natural zones, ancient fortresses, palaces, houses “with history”, and even entire cities. Mystical cities are of special interest! They are shrouded in a haze of secrets, the history of which is hidden behind the most amazing events or associated with famous historical figures. But sometimes the veil of mystery is slightly opened….
Delphi, one of the oldest cities in Greece, famous for its temple of Apollo and the famous Delphic Oracle, and considered the center of the World. Thousands of pilgrims came here for the predictions of the mysterious Oracle, which was considered the most truthful soothsayer.Delphi is located at the very foot of mount Parnassus, where according to myths, the patron of the arts Apollo lived, who defeated the dragon Python who lived here, blocking the way to the mysterious cave that gave the gift of Prophecy. Therefore, the priestesses of the Temple of Apollo were called Pythias – after the dragon. Initially, these were young girls, but later, for some reason, Pythias were chosen among women not younger than 50 years old. To perform the sacrament of prophecy, the chief priestess took a steam bath and descended into an underground cave located above the cleft. Strange, intoxicating fumes were escaping from it. When the Pythia fell into a trance, she began to mutter words that the temple priests “deciphered”, giving them a poetic form and writing them down as an Oracle’s prediction. Any prediction was interpreted literally as the will of the gods, without which war did not begin, and peace was not concluded, literally “no step was taken”. Even marriages were made only after consultation with the Oracle. However, the Oracle was not eternal – in 398 ad, the Christian Emperor Arkady, who came here with an army, destroyed the sanctuary. This ended the Golden age of the mystical city of Delphi…
Today, the city has been restored and looks majestic and mysterious, Recalling its best times. Delphi is still met by thousands of people, but they are no longer pilgrims to the mysterious Oracle, but ordinary tourists. And the behavior of Pythias found quite a logical explanation – from the crevice in the cave come hallucinogenic vapors, so in principle, anyone visiting the cave of the dragon Python can find the gift of Providence….
Another ancient city full of mystical secrets is located in Russia, near the village of Alexandrovsky in the Chelyabinsk region. Arkaim is a city Dating back more than 3 thousand years, according to legend, built by a Slavic goddess, the great-granddaughter of the ancient Slavic God Rod. The city is oriented by the location of stars and scientists believe that it represents a model of the Universe and call it “an ancient Observatory”. In Arkaim, 18 astronomical events can be observed (only 15 in Stonehenge), and the accuracy of landmarks is comparable to the Egyptian pyramids.Arkaim attracts thousands of tourists, who are attracted by the “mystical” features of Arkaim in addition to the ancient origin of this place. Near the year there are stone spirals, walking barefoot on which you can make a wish, as well as mount Shamanka, a place with high positive energy. In General, there are many mysterious mystical places near Arkaim: the Mountain of Repentance-people come here to ask for forgiveness, the mountain of Love and the Male forest, which attract the attention of the opposite sex. Only one place is not worth looking at-the crooked forest near the Blessed mountain, according to legend, you can go completely mad here.
However, do not think that mystical cities are a deep past. In the valley of Argentina in the Ligurian region of Italy is the town of Trior, quite a lively populated city, although it has a long and rather violent history. The city was built in the 12th century, but it became widely and darkly famous in the 16th century, the century of the Inquisition and bonfires where women recognized as witches were burned. It is about those terrible times that the Museum of witchcraft located in the city, many sculptures and monuments, each of which is bound to have its own mystical history and even special road signs, remind us.
All the troubles that befell the city at the end of the 16th century were blamed on witches who allegedly conspired against the city and committed sabbaths in the town of La Cabutina, where many excursions are conducted today. Residents of the city do not dispel the dark glory of their city and are even proud of its dark history, along the way making money on fans of mysticism. Trior hosts three annual festivals – the Witchcraft festival in summer, the Mushroom festival in September, and Halloween in late October.