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This Abandoned Biblical Theme Park Has a Strange and Haunting History

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Once a popular relgious-themed park in Waterbury, Connecticut, Holy Land USA closed its gates to the public nearly 30 years ago... but its colorful and sometimes dark reputation continues to the present day.
 
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At its peak in the '60s and '70s, the park's full-size replicas of historic sites from ancient Israel attracted tens of thousands of patrons per year. But when founder & owner John Baptist Greco passed away in 1986, his plans to upgrade the park died with him.
 
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That hasn't stopped curious urban explorers from visiting the ruins of the replica buildings, chapels, and catacombs, most of which are still standing today – although some installations like this illuminated 50-foot cross are recent upgrades donated by various benefactors, some of whom are still determined to fund the park's renovation.
 
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Photo: Associated Press
 
Holy Land USA has also acquired a darker history since it fell into disrepair; in addition to numerous trespassers and vandals, it was the site of a brutal murder in 2010.
 
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