In Belmez de la Moraleda, Spain, sits the Pereira family home, the scene of strange events that have lasted over 30 years. The events began in 1971 when Maria Gomez Pereira spotted a strange formation on the hearth of her kitchen. It looked like humanís face, so Mariaís husband took a pickaxe and destroyed the hearth, then re-laid it with new cement. A week later the face reappeared on the new floor. The family asked the City Council to investigate and after weeks of excavating they found a pit containing human bones directly beneath the hearth. The pit was filled and a new hearth was laid but within weeks more faces began to reappear. No matter how much the Pereira family tried to destroy them, the faces returned. For thirty years the faces have been visited by scientists, researchers and countless TV crews. Many believed the faces were faked and that they had been painted. But thorough examination of the hearth it showed the faces were in the cement rather than painted on top. This seemed to prove that the faces were a real phenomenon and one scientist proclaimed it was "without doubt the most important paranormal phenomenon this century".

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