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Dark tourism (also black tourism or grief tourism) is tourism involving travel to sites associated with death and suffering. Thanatourism, derived from the Ancient Greek word thanatos for the personification of death, is associated with dark tourism but refers more specifically to violent death; it is used in fewer contexts than the terms dark tourism, grief tourism, dark tourism, and quite tourism.

This includes castles and battlefields such as Cullodenmarker near Invernessmarker, Scotlandmarker, Chernobylmarker in ex USSR, or Bran Castlemarker, Poienari Castlemarker in Romaniamarker; sites of disaster, either natural or man made such as Ground Zeromarker in New Yorkmarker; prisons now open to the public such as Beaumarismarker Prison in Angleseymarker, Walesmarker; and purpose built centers such as the London Dungeonmarker. A notable example is how tourism to Detroit is sometimes geared towards looking at the fall of the former glamor instead of what it has managed to retain.

The best-known destination for dark tourism is the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitzmarker in Polandmarker.

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  1. Heritage, Museums and Galleries: An Introductory Reader, by Gerard Corsane, 2005. Page 266


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