WORDS BY TOM ARMSTRONG
Editor at Sabotage Times
For those after a more macabre driving adventure, here are some of the stranger roads, towns and attractions around the world which have a distinct whiff of the Devil about them.
Not only the number of the beast, but also an infamous stretch of road which runs through the four corners region of the USA from New Mexico to Utah. Due to superstition around its morbid name, plus an epidemic of misheivious road sign theft, Route 666 was eventually renumbered Route 491 in 2003, but is still known as the ‘Devil’s Highway’ among locals.
Hell is a small village in southern Norway notable for being the birthplace of Mona Grudt, a former Miss Universe whose slogan ‘The Beauty Queen From Hell‘ drew plenty of attention in the ’90s. Despite its Satanic connection, the name actually stems from hellir, the old Norse word for ‘cliff’. Hell regularly attracts tourists eager for a photo opportunity next to its portentous road signs, especially when – as you might have guessed – the temperature drops below zero and Hell really does freeze over.
The Devil’s Throat
Straddling the border between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, the Devil’s Throat is a natural chasm within the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, standing at an intimidating 82 metres high, 150m wide, and 700m long. The falls can be easily accessed via outstanding national parks either side of the divide and make for some of the most awe-inspiring views in South America…if you don’t mind staring directly into the belly of the beast.
The Devil’s Throat (Beatrice Murch)
What’s that coming over the hill? It’s the Dutch town of Monster, about six miles south of The Hague. The unusual name is thought to derive from a large monastery which was once located in the area. Nowadays, the coastal town is home to a large sandy beach with plenty of shops and cafes to keep your mind off eternal damnation.
Devil’s Frying Pan
The Cornish fishing village of Cadgwith is home to the Devil’s Frying Pan, a natural bay formed by the collapse of a cave within the Lizard Peninsula and a place where, according to local folklore, the water is said to boil during storms. Aside from the Antichrist, Cadgwith is known for its fresh seafood and charming thatched cottages, making it one of the most picturesque spots on the Cornish coast. For those looking to delve further into the occult, the mining town of Zennor, where Aleister Crowley once lived and is said to have conjured the devil, is only an hour’s drive away.
Unlike the previous two landmarks on this list which bear the Devil’s name, Germany’s Teufelsberg (or Devil’s Mountain) is not a natural occurrence. It is instead an artificial hill made up largely from the rubble of the city after the Second World War, all dumped on top of a former Nazi military college. The hill was a key strategic point during the German capital’s post-war period, with the huge US-built radar domes serving as an intimidating reminder of its time as an NSA listening post.
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