The Hoia Forest is a forest situated to the west of the city of Cluj-Napoca, near the open-air section of the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania. The forest is used as a common recreation destination.
Given its eerie atmosphere, it’s no wonder the Hoia-Baciu Forest is said to be one of the most haunted forests in the world. As such, it’s a place that lends well to stories steeped with darkness. Some even call it the “Bermuda Triangle of Romania.”
WARPED TREES FILL THIS FOREST,their skeletal figures twisting and spiraling, making it seem as though they’re contorting themselves to reach out and touch you. An eerie silence fills the air, interrupted only by the footsteps of unseen figures.
Given its eerie atmosphere, it’s no wonder the Hoia-Baciu Forest is said to be one of the most haunted forests in the world. As such, it’s a place that lends well to stories steeped with darkness. Some even call it the “Bermuda Triangle of Romania.”The forest gained notoriety around the 1960s when biologistAlexandru Sift photographed a flying objectin the sky above the forest. After this incident, other inexplicable events soon followed, including the disappearance of ashepherd and his 200 sheep which were never found again; and the disappearance of a five-year-old girl who later reappeared five years later wearing the same clothes and without having aged even one day. A woman also disappeared after a long time with a fifteenth-century coin in his pocket, and the case of a missing woman has reappeared in the forest with a 15th-century coin in her pocket.
There have also been many first-hand reports from people who have entered the forest, only to come out withburns, severe rashes, headaches, and high feverwhich they did not have before. Some studies have revealed higher than usual radioactivity, produced by natural uranium present in the subsoil.
Even theHoia Baciu Foresttrees themselves hold an enigma, as these two-hundred-year-old trees seem to be young, and most of them are twisted at the trunk or unusual in shape. Most of the paranormal activity seems to be concentrated in a particular part of the forest which is free of vegetation and formed into a perfect circle. The soil of this vegetation-free area has been tested and no anomalies were found that would prevent the growth of any plant life.
Science is not yet able to explain the source of this strange phenomenon and is still waiting for answers, but speculation continues as to whether this forest is a portal to another world or a parallel, unknown universe!
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