There are so many spectacular places in this world, that there’s not enough time to cover them all. Even if you had all the time, there are few places that are either too secretive, too
dangerous or too isolated, hence are cut off from the outside world and cannot be visited. So while curiosity killed the cat, it could kill you too if you try to get into any of these amazing places!
We list down 5 places on earth where no one is allowed to visit:
1. Svalbard Global Seed Vault – Norway
Located on the secure Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300 kilometres from the North Pole, this is humanity’s last hope for survival in case of a zombie apocalypse. Opened in 2008, the facility holds 840,000 samples of 4,000 different species of seeds from all over the world. The 1,021 square metre facility is heavily guarded and only a handful of people are allowed to enter.
2. The Vatican Secret Archives – Vatican City
With an estimated 84 kilometres of shelves and over 35,000 volumes of selective catalogues, the Secret Archives is the central repository for all of the acts promulgated by the Holy See. The archives also contain state papers, correspondence, papal account books and many other documents of all popes dating back to the 8th century. Other than a small staff, only few scholars from very select higher education institutions are permitted inside, after a rigorous application procedure.
3. North Sentinel Island – Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Dubbed as the world’s most isolated tribe, the Sentinelese are said to be direct descendants of the first humans who emerged in Africa and have lived on the island for over 60,000 years. These islands are a part of the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal, between Myanmar and Indonesia. Whoever has tried to approach the island has been met by spears and arrows. In 1964, the Indian Government gave up and banned all attempts to visit the island and the Indian Navy has enforced a 3-mile buffer zone to keep tourists and explorers at bay.
Watch this video of one encounter:
4. Area 51 – Southern Nevada, USA
Area 51 is located about 132 kilometres north of Las Vegas and is a classified US military installation. It has been a topic of conspiracies and myths for years with people believing that it is a centre for research on aliens and UFOs. The CIA finally acknowledged its location in 2013 when certain documents were de-classified and they described that it was used during the 2nd World War as an aerial gunnery for the Army Air corp pilots. However, anyone who tried to enter Area 51 will be shot on the spot!
5. Metro-2, Moscow
The Metro-2 is an underground system that runs 50-200 metres below the ground, parallel to the public metro lines. The system was built during the reign of Stalin and is code-named D-6 by the Russian Intelligence Organisation – the KGB. However, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) neither confirms or denies its existence.
If you could, which of these places would you want to visit first?