Unreal Estate: 800-Year-Old Skeleton Lives in Swedish House


Each week, AOL Real Estate probes the corners of the Web to bring you offbeat dispatches from the world of real estate. This week: stories of creepy things that you really don't want to live with, including an 800-year-old skeleton in the cellar, a corpse in the chimney and 700 cats anywhere.

According to an AP report, a Swedish real estate agent has an unusual piece of property up for sale: a five-bedroom house, complete with medieval tomb and skeleton in the cellar.

Typically, real estate agencies choose to downplay--or even conceal--creepy characteristics of a home. Not in this case. The agent is openly disclosing the presence of the home's 800-year-old tenant.

The central Visby town house house, on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland, was built in 1750 on the foundations of an old Russian church that dates back to the 13th Century. The kitchen lies on the presbytery, and the tomb containing the skeleton -- visible through a glass panel--is in the cellar.

The real estate agency's owner Leif Bertwig says there is no reason to be afraid, as the skeleton "lies in consecrated soil and rests in peace."