There Is A Death Metal Tower Of Skulls Beneath Mexico City
Before it was Mexico City, it was an ancient Aztec metropolis called Tenochtitlan. Ol' Titland was a center for arts, culture, and trade ... which also turned into a horror movie whenever human sacrifice season rolled around.
At the founding of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan, the Aztecs ritually sacrificed 4,000 prisoners of war by cutting out their hearts. But once the fun is over, what do you do with all the human skulls left lying around? Well, according to a companion of Cortes named Andres de Tapia, the Temple held huge racks containing the skulls of human sacrifices, along with more skulls used like human bricks, cast in lime and stone by the tens of thousands. All of these racks surrounded a massive tower of skulls screaming into the sky like a Dethklok album.
Everyone thought it was a myth made up by a conquistador to give some dramatic flair to run-of-the-mill colonialism. But archaeologists uncovered the all-too-real Skull Tower beneath Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral, proving once again that history has a sicker sense of humor than we'd prefer. The tower has at least 650 skulls, some from women and children (whom historians previously assumed the Aztecs didn't sacrifice).
As of 2017, they have yet to unearth the bottom, possibly because there isn't one. It's just an endless tower that both leads to and is Hell itself.
One Of Chile's Most Famous Stadiums Was Used As A Concentration Camp
Santiago's Estadio Nacional has hosted some pretty prominent soccer games, and is considered a prime stop for major rock stars like David Bowie, Iron Maiden, Michael Jackson, and Pope John Paul II. When you look at it, it's hard to believe that the same venue where Adam Lambert sang was used to imprison and torture tens of thousands of people.
Dalmationn/Wikimedia CommonsMaking that two different crimes committed in the same stadium.