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Faces of Belmez



A case that started in August 1971 when Maria Gomez Pereira reportedly discovered a strange expressionistic image of a man's face that had appeared on her kitchen floor. A few days later she had the floor ripped out and relaid only to find that the face reappeared in exactly the same place within a week.

Mystery faces


Before she got the chance to rip out the floor a second time the slab was removed and preserved by local authorities. Investigations into the site on which the house was built revealed that the site had once been a graveyard and as such it was decided that the floor of the house should be excavated to see what lay beneath. After digging down some nine feet human remains were found and promptly removed after which the floor was relaid once again. Bizarrely after just two weeks a variety of new faces had appeared once again on the floor.

Media interest and hoax claims


Over the coming months the Faces of Belmez attracted a huge amount of attention but nobody was able to explain why the faces kept returning. Some believed the faces were being painted on to the floor and that the whole phenomenon was a hoax. When Maria died in 2004 a new series of faces started to appear on the floor prompting further skepticism. Two journalists published a book claiming that the faces had actually been painted by Maria's son and that there was nothing paranormal about them at all.

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