The Cortijo Jurado or Casa Encantada as it is known is a 19th Century mansion that lies in ruins just off the A-357 near Campanillas Village in Malaga Province (Spain). It enjoys the reputation as being one of the most haunted houses in the Province.
The mansion was built in the 19th century by the influential Heredia family from Malaga, one of Andalucia’s wealthiest families at the time.
The building boasts 365 windows, one for each day of the year and was constructed as part of a plan to convert the farm into a grand agricultural enterprise.
In 1925, the property passed to its new owners, the Jurado family. It is known in Malaga as ‘the haunted mansion’, not only for its ghostly appearance, but due to numerous reports of mysterious voices and strange sounds that have been reportedly heard there without explanation.
It is among the best known ‘haunted’ buildings in Spain and is considered a sort of temple by followers of paranormal phenomena.
Legend has it that the Heredia family, together with other rich families in the area, kidnapped young girls, aged between 18 and 21, and subjected them to sinister satanic rituals, involving rape and murder.
The bodies of their victims are said to be buried deep within the property. Whilst it is true that many young girls did disappear during this period, nothing was ever proven to connect their disappearance to the Heredia family.
Many say they used their money and influence to evade justice. Whatever the truth of the matter, paranormal enthusiasts maintain that the pain and suffering that took place within those grim walls has led to inexplicable ghostly phenomena.
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I have not been there, dont even want to try. I photographed this house from the road in a big distance. And I heard no one taxi from Malaga will go to this mysterious place of horror….