Now you can literally tell people to go to hell as scientists have found a gateway that can lead you there! It might sound mythical and horrifying but Italian archeologists say that the ‘gate to hell’ is real and is situated in Turkey.
The discovery of Pluto’s Gate was announced at an archeology conference in Turkey last month. It was covered by Discovery Channel recently.
University of Salento’s Classic Archeology professor, Francesco D'Andria and his team has been excavating the ancient site of Hierapolis for many years. Stabo, the ancient Greek geographer wrote, "Any animal that passes inside meets instant death," which means that the legends, if not completely then, are partially true. According to Greek and Roman legends, the entrance to hell was said to be "full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground."
The cave in the Ruins of Hierapolis might not be a portal to the afterworld but it does emit poisonous gases. “We could see the cave's lethal properties during the excavation," said Francesco D'Andria. "Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon monoxide fumes."
Other remains, including a temple and a series of steps placed above the cave, were also found by archeologists that match ancient descriptions.“People could watch the sacred rites from these steps, but they could not get to the area near the opening. Only the priests could stand in front of the portal,” D'Andria told Discovery.
D'Andria is now working on a digital rendering of the site.
It seems that recently people have started to show much interest in gateways to unseen places. Last year in Karakum Desert, a fiery pit, Derweze, popularly known as the ‘door to hell’attracted people to Turkmenistan. And much recently, a mysterious tiny door assumed to be as an ‘Elf door’ in a tree in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has gained a great deal attention and is trending all over the internet.