Spellbound | FACTS



In 24 of May 1968 Jan Braaksma took a night walk on the beach between Ijmuiden and Castricum an Zee when two powerful light beams suddenly descended from the sky spreading across the water surface. It was an endless band of light rising up to the horizon.

"It felt as though time stood still"
, Jan declared afterwards. Scientists as well as religious authorities investigated the phenomenon, initiating fierce discussion about the source and the meaning of the light.

In September 1969, Vatican's Episcopal Investigation Committee visited the place of alleged apparition at Castricum aan Zee and concluded that "the vision is not of God".