The Houska Castle Bottomless Pit

The Houska Castle Bottomless Pit

The Houska Castle is a 762-year-old Gothic building that was constructed by locals to seal shut an apparent gateway to the underworld.

Built between 1253 and 1278, in the lush countryside of the Czech Republic, this impressive mansion was put in place in order to seal up a mysterious “bottomless pit”.

Locals were convinced that this mysterious entrance allowed terrifying creatures into the area after sunset and were desperate to put a stop to it.

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the Houska Castle bottomless pit…


The Pit

Local reports indicated that entities would claw their way out of the pit every night. Black winged creatures that were half human and half animal roamed across the countryside.

Villagers were absolutely terrified and refused to leave their homes after sunset, let alone go anywhere near the location of the hole.

Years before the Houska castle was built the hole was actually being used as a form of punishment for local prisoners who had been sentenced to death.

They would be marched to the edge of the pit and thrown into it’s depths. If they survived, and manged to crawl their way back out of the hell hole, their crimes would be forgiven by the locals.

The Pit

Legend has it that the first criminal to face the hole was actually slowly lowered into it’s dark depths. As soon as he disappeared from sight he was heard screaming in pain.

The villagers quickly pulled the young man back up and were horrified to see that he had aged at least 40 years.

His face bore deep, deep wrinkles and his once blonde hair was now completely white.


The Castle

When the building was finally completed it looked much like any other castle in the Czech Republic. But before long, locals brave enough to venture near the structure realized it was far from normal.

The visage of the building appears to have many windows, but upon further inspection, most of them are actually fake.

Strong brick walls have been built behind each of the glass panes that make up the castle’s windows.

The Castle

There are no trading routes near the castle and it was built without fortifications and has no water source.

It’s sole purpose is to cover the pit locals believe is the gateway to hell…


Sealed

Even after the mysterious pit had been sealed by the castle the paranormal reports continued. Workers inside the building would frequently claim they could hear scratching noises through the lower floors of the building.

There were also numerous reports of phantom entities spotted walking the dark and shadowy corridors.

During the war the Nazis opted to use the fortress as a secret headquarters. To this day locals believe they picked this location in an attempt to harness the dark powers contained within the building.


Today

Today, mysterious phenomena can still be witnessed inside Houska Castle’s walls. The location’s chapel was built directly on top of the bottomless pit and tourists frequently report hearing a chorus of screams blasting through the floor.

There have also been numerous reports from inside the chapel regarding a creature that resembles a hybrid of a human, frog, and a bulldog.

reports from inside the chapel

The castle caretakers often report a headless spirit that stumbles through the courtyard. This ghostly image staggers about with crimson blood gushing from the hole where it’s head should be!

Jaromir Simonek now owns the cursed location and he claims that he has personally witnessed paranormal activity within the building.

Apparently Simonek was holding a small party for his friends within the castle walls when his glass of wine began to levitate above the dinner table.

The terrified party members were glued to the spot as they watched the glass rise and then gently lower itself back down to the middle of the table.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Houska Castle bottomless pit, please leave them in the comment section below.

People Who Have Seen Hell

People Who Have Seen Hell

Most of us try to avoid the thought that in the afterlife we may be destined for a place down-under. There are some unfortunate people walking among us though, people who have seen hell.

If we have learned anything from Dante Alighieri and the tale of his decent into the depths of hell, experiencing the eternal torment of malevolent entities gleaning pleasure from human abasement is not something many want to experience.

For those unfortunate individuals who claim to have sojourned into the inferno our worst nightmares have become their experience, their reality…

The Other Side

Nearly all of us have heard of near death experiences. When we hear the stories of those who have had a near death experience we hear a lot of talk about light and peace, but what about the other side of the other-side?

There are some woeful people among us who have had the displeasure of standing face to face with the devil and taking a frightful trip through the pit.

Angie Fenimore, a woman who attempted suicide years ago, had such an experience. The website “Cracked” conducted an interview with Fenimore and in it she alleges that when she was momentarily pronounced clinically dead she experienced a flashback of the events of her life.

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However, instead of the light we so often hear about, she was encompassed in complete darkness.

According to Angie, she was able to communicate with other souls that were aimlessly wandering the darkness and was then placed in what she could only describe as a field of wandering souls.

Jennifer Perez

One young lady, a girl of only fifteen claims that she too has had visions of hell. Jennifer Perez claims in an article on the website “Devine Revelations” that when she made her journey into the afterlife she was confronted by a great wall and was set in front of God and the angels.

In her testimony, the angel escorted her on a dark path in which she could see souls being tormented by demonic entities.

Her tale of the journey into hell ended with the angel Gabriel telling her that God was going to give her another chance at life.

Jennifer gladly accepted that chance and has been trying to live her life to the best of her abilities, trying at all cost to evade damnation again.

Matthew Botsoford

Matthew Botsoford, in comparison to the other claims, actually testified that he experienced the torture himself.

After being shot and pronounced clinically dead three times he had the uncut tour, full hell experience.

According to Matthew, he was shackled over the top of a burning pit containing a demonic figure. The smoke that billowed out of the pit contained the souls of those who had been condemned.

He explains that though he was isolated, he could hear the agonizing cries from other souls that were damned to an eternity of pain and torture.

In his testimony the demonic figures would approach him and pull the flesh from his bones and with each bite would slowly eat away at his body.

When there was no more flesh to be taken a whole new layer of flesh grew back to repeat the experience over and over.

Much of the assertions of these men and women are similar to other stories of people who have ventured the highway to hell and made it back to tell the world about it.

Mary Baxter

One woman has claimed that she experienced a journey similar to that of Dante in that she claims to have been witness to both heaven and hell.

Mary Baxter states that one night during her regular prayer routine, a blinding light entered the room. That light, according to Baxter, was Jesus Christ himself.

Her testimony is that Jesus took her on a tour of hell for three hours every night for a total of ten nights. Baxter has claimed that hell is physically located at the center of the earth, and that it is shaped like a human lying down.

Horrors of Hell

She, like the others, saw demons that were mocking her in agitation, and in addition she smelled raw sewage and felt the heat of the flames burning against her skin.

Interestingly, Baxter explains that in her vision of hell, again somewhat parallel to Dante, like were grouped with like.

By this I mean murderers were grouped with murderers etc. The type of punishment issued was dependent on the type of sin committed.

She also claims to have ascended the stairway to heaven and witnessed angels of great height, though her experiences of heaven are not as greatly detailed as her time in hell.

Many have denounced Baxter as a “witch” or a false-prophet for claiming to experience such events with a guided tour by the big man Himself.

Conclusion

The stories of people who have seen hell are captivating because as humans we are naturally drawn to learning about what lies ahead of us beyond this lifetime.

In our own fear and self-doubt we try to uncover what hell is and hope that the pit is not our next destination. We are wired to want to know what lies ahead, it has been so since the time humans could communicate and pontificate about the world and universe beyond it.

I leave it to your discretion to decide if you believe the testimonies of the people who claim to have been to hell up.

One thing that we can all agree on is that we don’t want to ever be making our way across the river Styx, and Dante’s Inferno is probably the closest most of us wants to get.