In 19123, the Cisternian monks built Lucedio Abbey in Piedmont after the Marquis of Monferrato gave them the land. Many people believe it is one of the most haunted buildings in the whole of Italy. At one time, the abbey became one of the largest cultivators of rice in Italy but the Vatican sold the abbey in 1784 when it was secularized. It had many owners over the years, including Napoleon, but it is now a modern rice farm.
There are many legends associated with this religious structure and it is said to have a grisly history. There have been sightings of monks wandering through the mist when the weather is foggy and one of the building’s pillars reportedly weeps. According to legend, this is because of the many evil things the pillar has witnessed over the years.
During a restoration, the body of a perfectly preserved man was found buried in the wall of one of the houses at the abbey. There are more corpses in the crypt as there are the mummified bodies of the abbey’s former abbots. These bodies are formed into a circle of thrones and legend says this is to prevent a monster that lives underground from being released.
It is not just Lucedio Abbey that is haunted as many people have had strange experiences in the surrounding countryside. There have been sightings of a hooded figure roaming around the nearby countryside. A local church is another setting for strange incidents. Within the church, there is a painting of an organ pipe along with a piece of sheet music, which is commonly known as the ‘Sheet of the Devil’. Folklore says that if the notes on the sheet of music in the painting are played in reverse, then Satan himself is summoned.
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