Gates of Hell
The gates of hell are various locations on surfaces around the world which have a legend and reputation as being an entrance to the underworld.
Legends from both Greece and Rome tell stories of mortals who entered or were abducted into the netherworld through such gates.
- The Gate to Hell in Egypt is located under the left paw of the great Sphinx.
- The Gate of Hell in Asia is located near the Great Temple Mount in Israel. The gate is called Satan’s Front Door. Some scholars argue that the door once came from Rome and was moved to the Holy land when Israel Became a State on 14th May 1948. It is was believed it took 2000 legions of demons to move the great gate because it is the most powerful and strongest doors that Satan has for gaining souls.
- The Gate to Hell located in Europe is thought to be in Pere Lachaise Paris Cemetery, Paris. It is said to be a grand gate with very notable significance. This gate is said to be the one that all great heads of state must enter through when they die. And through this gate world leaders must be judged by the Devil first, and then God.
- The North American Gate is Located at or near the Tomb Of the Great Voodoo – Hoodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.
- The Gate in Australia is said to be located in the Rookwood Cemetery, Greater Sydney.
- Legends and Lore of Illinois Vol. 3 Issue 1 tells that Lebanon Road is home to the “7 Gates to Hell,” seven railroad bridges (guarded by ‘hell hounds’) that allegedly lead to the underworld. Nighttime interlopers along Lebanon Road have woven a tale that a portal to Hell can be unlocked by passing through all seven bridges by midnight.
- Located in the middle of the Roman Forum is another entrance, Latus Curtius, where according to a medieval legend, a Roman soldier, named Curtius, bravely rode his horse into the entrance in a successful effort to close it, although both he and his horse perished in the deed.
- Into the medieval period Mount Etna on Sicily was considered to be an entryway to hell, and during this period Icelanders believed their own Mount Hekla was also a gateway. The most famous of medieval gateways, however, was St Patrick’s Purgatory in Lough Derg, County Donegal, Ireland.
- In China, Fengdu has a long history in the Taoist tradition of being a portal to hell.
- Hellam township near York, Pennsylvania, has the problematic reputation of being the home of the Seven Gates of Hell.
The Seven Gates of Hell
There are two popular versions of the myth, with numerous variants of each. One states that a mental institution used to be located on either Toad Road or Trout Run Road, depending on the source, in Hellam Township, Pennsylvania. It was set in a remote location so as to isolate people deemed insane from the rest of the world. One day in the 1800s, a fire broke out and, due to its remoteness, firefighters could not reach the hospital in time to save it. Many patients died in the flames, while others escaped and were soon beaten to death.
The gates’ role in the story is disputed. Some say that the gates were put up by the local search party to trap the remaining inmates. Others say that, completely unrelated to the asylum story, an eccentric physician who lived on the property built several gates along a path deep into the forest. Both accounts agree on only one gate being visible during the day, but the other six can be seen at night. According to the legend, no one has ever passed the fifth gate, but if they passed all seven, they would go directly to hell.
Another story about the gates of hell is of a man in the 1950s who murdered his wife and children with a shot gun and impaled their corpses on the spikes of one of the gates. Before the house was torn down, bullet holes were visible in the garage door and in the wall on the side of the house where the garage door was located.