Thanatourist destination

Thanatourism = "travel to locations wholly, or partially, motivated by the desire for actual or symbolic encounters with death, depravity or disaster". See also this site

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Auschwitz Birkenau Holocaust site
Australian Convict Sites Port Arthur
Bikini Atoll apparentlye there are some tourist facilities (AB ev)
Budapest House of Terror at Andrássy út 60
Cold winter deserts of Turan Aral Sea
ESMA Site Museum
Forts and Castles Gold Coast Slave Dungeons
Fray Bentos slaughter house
Fujisan Aokigahara Forest: history of suicides and the place has long been associated with death (wiki)
Funerary and memory sites of the First World War Doumaumont Ossuary
Genbaku Dome Atom Bomb site
Guanajuato Museum of Mummies
Island of Gorée
Kathmandu Valley Pashupatinath cremation ghats
Kremlin and Red Square Lenin mausoleum
Memorial Sites of Genocide
Robben Island
Rome Colosseum: "Some also regard it as one of the oldest dark-tourism sites, because the arena was in Ancient Roman times used for brutal bloodbath “games” such as gladiator fights and throwing people sentenced to death to the lions or other wild animals – all to the public delight of tens of thousands of spectators."
Sighisoara Dracula connotations
Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution Hashima
Valongo Wharf "It is a site of conscience, which illustrates strong and tangible associations to one of the most terrible crimes of humanity, the enslavement of hundreds of thousands of people creating the largest forced migration movement in history." (OUV)
Venice and its Lagoon Poveglia: "the walls of the ancient buildings on the island are covered in vines and stained with graffiti left by morbidly curious travellers – known as dark tourists." (see link)


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