Believers Seek Refuge for Dec. 21 Mayan Apocalypse in Pyramid Mountain

Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 08:08 PM

By Megan Anderle

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Thousands of people across the world are in a tizzy, making preparations for what happens when a Mayan apocalyptic prophecy that the world will cease to exist on Dec. 21 comes true.

In light of that, it’s a good time to own a hotel in Serbia where believers of the doomsday theory are fighting tooth and nail to book reservations near a “mystic” pyramid-shaped Mount Rtanj. Hotels there are almost at full capacity for next Friday, the day the Maya Count Calendar finishes its full cycle of creation.

“In one day we had 500 people trying to book rooms,” Obrad Blecic, a hotel manager near Mount Rtanj, told the Telegraph. “People want to bring their whole families.”

Doomsday adherents say the 5,100-foot-high mountain conceals a pyramidal building inside that was left behind by aliens thousands of years ago, the Telegraph reports.

One legend claims that the peak was once home to a wizard guarding a great treasure, according to Fox News. More recently, British science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke identified the peak as a place of "special energy" and called it "the navel of the world." Either way, both theories support the claim that the Serbian peak is a “safe zone” from Armageddon.

The south of France and Sirince in Turkey are two other places where believers think they will be saved. From the UK alone, flight searches to the south of France are up 41 percent for the week before Dec. 21, according to the website Skyscraper. Sirince saw a 30 percent increase in flight searches.

Chinese and Russian residents are buying mass amounts of candles ahead of Dec. 21. Some store owners in Russia say that necessities like soap and batteries are flying off the shelves, the Telegraph reports.

On the cyclical Mayan calendar, Dec. 21, 2012, marks the end of a 5,126-year cycle that began when, according to Mayan theology, the world was created on Aug. 11 in 3114 B.C. The fear comes from what happens when the repetitive calendar is supposed to start over.

To help quell the apocalyse fears, NASA released a video that featured scientists and experts who reasoned why it’s not going to happen.

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