The Belmez Faces

One of the faces that "mysteriously" appeared in Maria Pereira's house

Weird Fact: For years, human faces mysteriously appeared on the floor of an old Belmez house.

In 1971, in the small Spanish village of Belmez, Maria Pereira claimed a human face spontaneously appeared on her cement kitchen floor. It wasn’t long before she destroyed the floor and replaced it – and a new face promptly appeared.

More and more faces continued to appear on the floor of Maria’s kitchen, and as word spread it attracted thousands of visitors every day. Some of the faces were male, some female, some large, and some small.

In time, she discovered that the house, built around 1830, stood above a graveyard used by the Romans, Spanish Muslims and then Medieval Christians.

But did Maria Pereira just paint the faces herself?

To be fair, she never benefited financially from all the attention. She lived a simple life in that same house and eventually died in 2004.

Paranormal fans suggested the faces were manifested on the floor by telekinesis – citing that the expressions on their faces used to change with the mood of Maria Pereira.

But skeptics point out that analyzing the molecular changes in the whitewash proves that some fakery was involved. Today, many believe that the paintings were actually created by Maria’s son, Diego Pereira.