Every old religious buildings has its own
misterious histories hidden from the eyes of common people. Pupils will
use their imagination to account for the mysterious atmosphere one can
sometimes feel in religious buildings.
P O L A N D
It was a beautiful end of the summer.
The colors' of the emerge shyly and the scent of the passing time was in
the air. The group of friends from the local school met in their secret
den under the enormous oak in the backyard of the school.
"Why don't we go somewhere during our
last holiday weekend?" said one of the girls. Her hair was pretty dark
red and she had a distant smile on her lips.
"It's a wonderful idea" answered the
boy with freckles on the face.
"Where do you want to go, guys?" asked
Phil. He was handsome and sporty and every girl in the town wanted to be
"I know about the place..." said Mary,
the shiest and the smartest member of the group. "There is a village
called The White Heart where people used to believe in god with four
faces. We could go there and see an old medieval cathedral, which..."
"Boooooooooring!" Phil interrupted her
in the middle of the sentence. "Is there a lake to swim and a
disco to dance in this village?"
"Come on, Phil" Elisabeth, the
red-haired beauty interfered in. "You were swimming and dancing all two
months long. Let's do something else for a change. Something else for a
change. Something different, crazy, unlike us..."
"Yes, yes! Let's do it!" the eyes of
the freckled guy lighten up.
"Hm... it can be great fun actually"
said well-built Mark, quiet till now.
"I can see that everybody likes the
idea, so ... what can I say?" Phil teased with frieds. "Let's meet here
at 8 a.m. tomorrow. Take your tents and sleeping bags."
"See you, guys!"
Excited frieds run to their houses to
pack their things. Nobody expected tha thiw weekend will be the most
terrifying experience in their lives. They didn't know that the medieval
cathedral is told to be haunted and that series of mysterious accidents
have happend there lately...
B U L G A R I A
The next morning Mary,
Phil, Elizabeth, mark and a freckled guy-David went to the village of
The White Heart. They were eager to see the Cathedral. The children
quickly put up their tents near the Cathedral and then immediately went
to examine it from all sides. To their surprise it was closed. Phil
began to knock on the door.
"Locked", said someone
The children were startled.
When they turned round they saw a stranger standing just behind them.
The kids did not know how and which way the man came.
"Nobody has entered the
Cathedral for a log time. You'd better go home" he said gloomingly.
The children looked at each
other puzzled. Elizabeth decided to ask the stranger some questions
about the Cathedral , but when he turned back, there was nobody there.
The children looked aroud but the man had vanished into thin air.
"I did not come here to
leave the place without seeing the cathedral" said Phil.
"Do you want to try to go
in or not?" he asked playfully.
"Why not?" replied David.
"If only we could go in at least" for a little while", he added.
The kids went round the
cathedral and saw that one window was opened. After they had squeezed
themselves through the window into the cathedral, they were amazed by
its cleanness, as if someone regularly cleaned there.
"Not been visited for a
long time? Nonsense!" muttered Phil.
They started to look at its
mural paintings and stained glass. The cathedral was beautiful and
magnificent, but there was something depressing in that splendors. The
children felt that they were not alone, as if someone was following
their with their eyes.
"This place gives cold
shivers down my spine" said Mary.
"And I think I saw enough"
"Okay, enough for today",
agreed Phil. "Let's go outside!"
They went to the window
through which they had entered, and saw that it was already closed, and
so were all the others windows.
Mark tried to open it but
"How will we get out of
here?" quietly asked David, who suddenly felt how fear invaded cell of
"I wanna get out of here!
Wanna get out of here
! Began to repeat Elizabeth
"We will sleep here only
one night" said Mary trying to comfort her.
"In the morning you will be
home" she added.
The children lay down where
they could, but they were not able to fall asleep for a long time. And
although nobody said a word, everyone knew that the others were awake
fatique did not prevail over their fear and they finally went to sleep.
R O M A N I A-
T I M I S O A R A
About midnight Mary was
awakened by some strange sounds, doors opening, footsteps and people
whispering. She was so sleepy that, at the beginning, she thought she
was in her bed, at home, and her parents were making all that noise. But
some unfamiliar music made her open her eyes, and also close them
immediately. She thought she was dreaming, but when she saw Elisabeth,
Phil and Mark sleeping and David staring with his mouth wide open, she
remembered where they were and what had happened.
The cathedral was lightened by hundreds of candles and it was full of
people looking kind of funny. There were also some men wearing brown
robes and hoods and a choir singing. Mary didn’t know what to believe.
The light, the people, the music, everything seemed so unreal.
“Hey, wake up!”, whispered Mary, wanting to wake the others up, but,
when she turned around, all of them were already awake, staring, just
“When did all these people get in here?”, asked Phil, obviously very
“What’s going on here?, asked Mark.
“Aaa…I…er…can see… through them” said Elisabeth terrified.
“Me too..”,whispered Phil.
And then, they all realized it was true, they could all really see
“They must be… ggghosts…”said Mary “but maybe they can not see us” she
added, trying to comfort her and the others.
“Look! there’s a bride”, said Mark, “It must be a wedding ceremony…”.
And, yes, there was a bride, a dark-haired beautiful young girl who
seemed very scared and rather unhappy.
“But I can not see the groom”, murmured Phil.
“Maybe they are all waiting for him”, added David.
And, indeed, everybody there was waiting for the groom, but their faces
looked as if they had been attending a funeral.
“Shut up!” said Mary, “Let’s try to make out something of what they are
And as they all listened carefully, they could hear the words “curse”,
“cruel”, “secret key” and even a whole sentence, whispered by a woman
standing nearby, “Princess White Heart shouldn’t marry that monster…”
L I T H U A N I A
The children started to
make a plan.
"We should have stayed at
home!" said David.
"What? Are you scared??? We
have the chance of a real adventure for the first time in my life !"
" You had better watch what
you say" said Mary "Lets try to make a plan!"
"Have you anything to
offer?" said David.
"We need to know the curse
and how to make it inactive!" said Mark.
" Is that monster friendly
or should we run now?" asked Elizabeth.
"Aaa I am scared!!!"-
shouted Phil and everybody turned back looking at him.
One girl was so scared that
she hit the wall and opened the secret chamber absolutely unexpectedly.
When they came into the
chamber they found few strange looking crystals' and Meri took them all.
Suddenly, the floor started to shake and the wind blew all the candles
leaving them in blind darkness.
The guys stood together and
kept on moving by holding each others hands, further away from the place
where they felt the shaking.
While walking in the
darkness, suddenly, they fell down into other level and found themselves
in a secret laboratory. There they found people trapped in cages like
animals or experimental rabbits, who crying for help.
"Aliens are controlling our
souls and if the wedding won't succeed we will remain ghosts forever!"
quickly said the caged woman.
Children understood that
the monster is not evil but that he was cursed by the aliens.
Suddenly, one of ghosts
came over and said:
"We were attending the
wedding when the aliens came and scared the groom all the people who
were in there. The alien's prince has changed his appearance and he's
been trying to marry the princess, and if he succeeds we will be trapped
here for eternity. You must save us pleaaaase!"
Children rushed into toward
the hall and realized that they were lost in a maze. The group of
children spilt all over the maze's ways but they were all caught by the
green alien who stopped them by using his magic powers, stealing their
souls and imprisoning them into the secret laboratory. Mary was the only
one who hide somehow herself in a bark corner of the maze and the
creature was then desperately looking for her.. The atmosphere calmed
down. It seemed then to be the right moment for Mary to move through the
maze and get out of the cathedral. She made some steps in the darkness
and her ears heard some creepy sound coming up from her back. She turn
back suddenly and she petrified. The scary monster was right on her
back. Then she started screaming and she ran away from him. She decided
to give up the monster and took the thing she loved the most, her iPod.
She wanted to bring it with her when she would turn into a ghost. But
something strange happened when she turned it on. She then threw it by
him and could finally run away. Five minutes later, she found the exit.
F R A N C E
hurried to closed window, totally scared. She was shocked and srticken.
The frightened girl wanted to cry but she was too scared and too
shocked. She as desperately trying to open it when, suddenly, she was
surprised by a familiar voice:
on, we have found the exit!"
It was Phil
with the other friends who nodded to follow them. She wanted to ask them
how they were going to escape but she was too shocked to speak. A few
minutes later, they stopped abruptly in front of the altar. Mary,
disconcerted, looked at her friends questioningly. They smiled
maliciously. She turned around to go to the window, but jumped,
frightened- the Alien was in front of her. Her gaze darted back and
front between her friends and the Alien. They had set a trap for her!
How could they do that? She was their friends!11 It seemed the Alien
guessed what Mary was thinking because he said devilishly:
upset with them, they're not themselves. I have hypnotized them."
to them, shaking Mark, begging him to wake up. Byt he remained immobile,
with lackluster eyes. She turned back to the Alien, and shouted
exactly like her..." he lovingly to himself."
you talking about?" She asked the question because she did not
understand what he meant.
like my princess, the woman who was supposed to marry me. But now she's
dead, so I'll marry you instead..."
I T A L Y
me?" Mary asked herself.
only a long cry of a young girl in pain. The moon-light, reflrcting in
the bright eyes of the alien, lightened up that awful night.
something crawling up her back; all those odd, strange words about the
wedding said by the Alien, made her feel miserable.
ran away? or shall I stay here and fight him, once for all? Damn!
That..." she thought.
round to keep an eye on the Alien just to be sure he wasn't reaching
her. She was looking for him when, suddenly, a strange light softly
spread through the church. She turned towards the direction of the
light, moving, thus, her long hair. Quickly, she found herself before
the Alien and she ran to catch that ugly creature but he disappeared in
a whirl; she wanted to understand that story. Mary soon became
accustomed to face dangers, above all when her friends found themselves
in trouble. But now the Alien had vanished and the whirl closed away.
Mary stopped, looked down and clenched her fists
could ... I... lose him?" she whispered.
back disappointed where, only few minutes earlier, she had seen her
friends in a terrible state. But nobody was there. Tears suddenly came
to her eyes. All hope that she and her friends would live was lost.
heard some footsteps approaching her. Her heart was beating faster and
faster, all the same she took her courage in both hands, breathed deeply
and started running again.
B A A A N G
-a terrible noise echoed in the air.
she shouted. She hit something cold and hard, a stone column as she
discovered later. She looked around. Everything was silent and peaceful.
footsteps...? It was only my imagination, thanks God" she thought.
you?" Mary cried loudly. There was no answer.
against the nearest column and a strange object fell down just behind
her back. She bent and took it in her hands.
that??? This is ... an amulet!" she said with a shaking voice. She
realized she was talking to herself and that was of good comfort to her.
She stood up and looked at the amulet carefully.
There was a
very strange drawing on it; she passed her fingers across it, once,
twice, three times but nothing happened. Then, she put it around her
neck because she didn't want to lose it. She was completely fascinated
Once on her
neck, the amulet changed into a bright golden colour and began to move
forwards and backwards.
In a while
Mary was trapped in a huge black hole.
R U M A N I A
T G - M U R E S
was walking confused in the black hole the amulet started to get
brighter and brighter and it showed Mary the way to a secret room. On
the door of the room it was written with red big letters: “Forbidden”
where all the secrets of the Cathedral were hidden. Secrets forgotten
which nobody knew. She found a very old parchment on a small wooden
table. It was the family tree of the Princess. When she unwrapped it she
found out that she really looked like Princess White Heart. “That’s why
the Alien said I look just like her” she thought, being very confused.
“What should I do now?” Mary asked herself.
When looking closer, she recognized the man who warned them when they
came into the Cathedral. He was Princess White Heart’s elder brother.
She was puzzled and nothing made sense for her anymore.
In the next moment she heard a familiar voice… It was that man. She
looked back at the parchment, and under his picture it was written:
Arthur the White Heart. “I can’t believe my eyes! You!” Arthur, the old
man, said “I told you, you shouldn’t have come here. Now, your friends
are in danger, they are all trapped, like all of us.” Mary was
frightened, her hands were trembling like leaves in autumn and her face
became pale. She couldn’t utter a word. “Now, only you can save us all”,
said Arthur with a scared voice. We can set a trap ‘Mary listened
carefully. After that she thought for a while and decided to listen to
Arthur. She started to set him a trap but when she wanted to tell Arthur
about the plan, he was gone. She looked around but nobody was there. He
disappeared in the darkness of the room.
On her way out of the room, she stopped in front of a mirror. It was all
covered with spider webs. When she looked into the mirror, the amulet
opened and reflected the image of the graceful Princess. She was dressed
in a wonderful long white silk dress and the soft sounds of the wedding
were heard like silver bells. Mary, being impressed, touched the mirror
and in an instant the Princess spoke to her. “Please help me, help us!
My soul, our souls are trapped in here by the green Alien! Help us!”
said the Princess, with a voice that expressed fear and despair. But
when Mary took her hand from the mirror, it broke. Everything started to
She stepped out of the room. As she was walking carefully, the amulet
faded away. Now she found herself in complete darkness . She made a
step, with her eyes on the floor and the amulet started shaking, being
covered by a green light. And when she looked up, she saw the alien
looking at her. He had a fierce, devilish look.
G R E E C E (story translated by Anastasia
Mary and they transported in to the room with the hidden secrets.
crying and she felt that it was the last moment of het life. The Alien
announced to her that het friends will come to prepare her for the
wedding. Straight away he left the room and left behind him an
electrical field which wouldn't let Mary leave the room.
her amulet shon showing the pieces of the broken mirror.
Princess voice was heard from the pieces saying to her:
your friends use the thing you have on you..."
is that?" asked Mary questioned.
the Princess didn't have time to finish her sentence because Mary's
friends entered the room. Elisabeth was holding a beautiful white long
dress, behind her Phil was holding a thin laced wedding vale. next to
them Mark had in his hands o big bouquet with white tulips, while David
was bringing a pair of wedding shoes.
programmed like robots with expressionless faces started dressing her
while she was analyzing the words that the Princess had said to her. She
tried to think what the thing was to help her to escape, the moment
Elisabeth was taking of her jacket and she remembered the crystals she
had found. She touched one of them and held it tight and straight away
memories of the Princess's life rushed through her mind. She saw her
touching the crystal....