Vatican Secret Archives
These coffers contain important government documents, letters, accounts and many other titles that the Catholic Church has collected and stored for millennia.
The Vatican’s secret archives are considered one of the most inaccessible objects in the world, although it has not always been so. In 1881, Pope Leo XIII allowed several researchers to study the repository’s documents for scientific purposes.
At that time, only a highly qualified scholar could qualify to attend this Catholic institution. Even the most privileged visitors were required to obey rules that governed what specifically visitors study in the Vatican archives.
North Sentinel Island, India
The Northern Sentinel Island belongs to the Andaman Islands group and is part of India. The island is known for its picturesque beaches and incredible nature. However, local tribes are hostile and extremely aggressive toward any foreigner.
They not only refused to make contact with strangers, but even killed several unwanted guests.
It is not new that tourist access to Sentinela do Norte Island is closed. For your own safety.
Lascaux Cave, France
Lascaux Cave is located in southeastern France and contains 900 examples of prehistoric art, incredibly well preserved today, thanks to the unique conditions of air circulation in this underground system.
Today, the object is considered one of the most important Paleolithic monuments in history and is called the “Sistine Chapel of Primitive Painting.”
Since 1963, it is forbidden to enter these caves because due to tourists a fungus has reached them, damaging Lasko’s unique ecosystem.
Any human intervention is considered to be potentially destructive to the cave and its contents. So now it is literally locked and every 2 weeks a special team goes there with protective clothes and manually cleans the walls of irritating fungi.
This small volcanic islet is part of the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago and is located on the south coast of Iceland.
Surtsey is one of the youngest islands on our planet because it recently emerged – during the volcanic activity that lasted from 1963 to 1967. Access to the island is strictly prohibited, except for a small group of selected scientists.
The restriction was introduced to provide this site with the conditions necessary for the natural formation of its own ecosystem without external interference.
Svalbard Global Seed Bank, Norway
Set within a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Global Seed Bank is a safe deposit box designed to preserve various plant seeds in the event of a food crisis regional or global.
The institution has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples, and now about a million have already been brought here.
Woomera Proving Ground, Australia
The former cosmodrome and now the Woomera test site, also known as the Woomera exclusion zone, is the world’s largest test facility for military technology. Its area is greater than 122 thousand square kilometers.
The cosmodrome is located in southern Australia, 450 kilometers northeast of Adelaide (Adelaide, the largest city in the region). The landfill was recognized as a restricted area in 1947; however, in the territory of Woomer, there are still objects that are allowed to ordinary people.
For example, the local museum and several other attractions available.
Also known by the code name D-6, Metro-2 is a secret underground transport system parallel to the Moscow public metro.
Secret bunkers were created during Stalin’s time and are believed to connect several of the capital’s most important government and administrative institutions, including the Kremlin, the FSB headquarters in Moscow, Vnukovo-2 airport, the Security Council and the CIS anti-terrorist center.
Coca-Cola Recipe Repository, Georgia, USA
The legendary secret formula of the iconic Coca-Cola drink is one of the biggest trade secrets on the planet. The drink’s recipe is in a special safe in Atlanta, in the territory of the World of Coca-Cola Museum.
The facility is heavily protected and only the company’s top management has access to this storage. The drink’s formula is the result of 125 years of Coca-Cola’s history, and is intrinsically linked not only to the iconic flavor of the soda adored worldwide, but also to special memories.
Cobra Island, Brazil
The official name of this place is Queimada Grande, but most of the time it is called Ilha da Cobra.
It is located on the coast of São Paulo and is known for its numerous snakes. Around the world, the most dangerous species of snake – botrops on the island – lives only here.
The poison of this reptile is so toxic that it literally melts human skin and flesh.
It is not new that, for security reasons, the Brazilian authorities have banned visits to Queimada Grande.
White’s Gentleman Club, London, United Kingdom
Located on St. James Street in central London, White’s Gentleman Club is the most exclusive gentlemen’s club in the capital of the United Kingdom, or perhaps even the world.
The extremely closed institution was founded in 1693 and still follows the rule that only men can enter.
Frequent visitors to this prestigious club include important people such as Prince Charles, Prince William and Tom Stacey.
Membership in a reputable club cannot be bought or begged, and only the most selected gentlemen on the planet are invited to join the White’s Gentleman Club, based on a special vote.
North Brother Island, New York, USA
North Broter Island is located on the East River and belongs to the territory of New York.
It is a humble piece of land and a famous abandoned and uninhabited place in the American metropolis.
This island has a very dark history. Since 1885, a quarantine hospital has been located here, and it was in the Brother of the North that the famous Typhoid Mary lived (An American woman who became the first typhoid carrier in the history of the United States).
In the 1950s, the hospital became a rehabilitation center for young drug addicts.
Now, this place is abandoned, and only birds and small animals live here. Access to the island is strictly forbidden to people.
Spy Museum, China
The National Museum of Security Education in Nanjing, western China, is a museum dedicated to espionage and known to be accessible only to Chinese citizens.
Foreign visitors are not allowed here.
As the museum manager said, the exhibits (collections of small pistols, miniature cameras, secret hiding places and more) are not intended for overly impressionable foreigners.
In addition, museum visitors are strictly prohibited from photographing anything inside the institution.
Bank of England
The central bank of the United Kingdom of Great Britain is located on Threadneedle Street, London, and its safe contains approximately 20% of the gold reserves of all countries in the world.
The Bank of England holds a whopping 5,134 tons of gold, which equals $ 248 billion!
The vault is unlocked with traditional metal keys and is equipped with an electronic security system so that only authorized employees have access.
Secret Base Dulce, New Mexico, USA
Not far from the Colorado border, in northern New Mexico, is the small town of Dulce, with a population of just 2,600 (mostly Navajo Indians).
There is a theory that under this place is an entire US underground military base, where incredible experiments are being conducted and the latest technologies are being developed.
Conspiracy theorists say this underground complex is home to hybrids of humans and animals, humans and aliens, and that this is where you can see the most advanced devices on the planet. The authorities, course, deny everything.
Mizhgirya is a closed Russian city, lost in the mountains of the southern Urals, which are said to be hiding nuclear ballistic missiles.
Two military battalions protect the city, ensuring that unwanted visitors do not enter.
Official officials do not comment on rumors about the presence of nuclear weapons in this closed facility, but in the West they believe that it is at the local base that the missiles are located, which can be activated remotely and at any time.
Pyramid of Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza is one of the most famous and well-preserved cities of the great Mayan civilization.
This archaeological site is very popular with global tourists who come to the Yucatan Peninsula for views of the beach and action-packed excursions. About 1.5 million people visit Chichen Itza every year.
However, the most iconic spot in the Mayan city, the Kukulkan pyramid, is no longer accessible to the public and entry is strictly prohibited.
The pyramid was closed in 2006 after the fatal fall of a tourist who rolled down the side of the attraction during the descent.
Mount Weather, Virginia, USA
Just 74 kilometers from Washington, in the depths of the earth is the secret US underground military base, Mount Weather.
The headquarters was established as an emergency management center and as a safe haven for senior military and civilian elites in the event of a national disaster.
The base is equipped with everything that is necessary for an autonomous life, from cafeterias, hospitals and leisure areas to power plants, crematorium and public transportation system.
Armed soldiers, electric fences, barbed wire and warning signs at the entrance protect Mount Weather Bunker from the entrance of unauthorized persons
Sharp Heard, Australia
Is one of the most remote places of civilization on the planet. Heard Island is located between Madagascar and Antarctica, and is politically part of Australia.
The archipelago has two active volcanoes, and its land is mainly limestone and volcanic debris.
In 1996, the Australian government listed Heard as the country’s national treasure and developed a plan under which access to the island without permission is strictly prohibited.
In this way, the authorities want to protect the unique and fragile nature of the island.
Pravčické Gate, Czech Republic
Pravcicka Brana is one of the most famous natural attractions in the Czech Republic and is the largest sandstone gate (stone arch) in Europe.
Since 1982, tourists have been banned from climbing this rocky arch to reduce stress on eroded rock.
However, the destruction of the arch is still underway and geologists that it will collapse soon, as has the Azure Window (Azure Window, an iconic landmark of Malta, a limestone arch that literally collapsed in 2017).
Poveglia Island, Italy
This small island is located in northern Italy, between Venice and Lido. Poveglia is a forbidden place with a dark and even insane past.
There was once a quarantine hospital for patients with plague. It is said that almost 160,000 infected people lived on a small piece of land simultaneously, many of whom spent their last days and hours of painful existence on this island.
It is estimated that 50% of Poveglia’s soil now consists of human remains.
After the quarantine center was closed, a psychiatric hospital was created, in which, according to rumors, many patients were tortured and killed.
This institution was also closed, and the island has since been completely deserted. Nowadays, visiting the island is strictly prohibited.
Tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, China
The tomb of the first Chinese emperor and founder of the Qin dynasty, Qin Shi Huang, is hidden in the bowels of a hill in Central China.
The funerary complex also consists of an intricate network of underground caves filled with all kinds of objects that could be useful to the emperor in his afterlife, including an army of clay figurines known as the terracotta army.
The tomb itself with the governor’s body has not yet been excavated.
Perhaps in honor of its ancestors, the Chinese government will never allow more archaeological research at this site.
Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory
Located south of the equator, in the central Indian Ocean, this island is an atoll that looks almost like a perfect tropical resort, with white sand beaches and turquoise waters.
However, after the British forcibly evicted local residents in 1973, a large military base was founded, and only authorized persons have access to the island.
Fort Bhangarh, India
Fort Bhangarh is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan and is a 17th century ruin. Hindus are afraid of this place because ghosts are believed to live in the old fortress.
The country’s authorities officially declared the ruined city to be a haunted residence and introduced strict rules governing visits to these ruins.
Tourists are prohibited from entering the fort at night (from dusk to dawn), and residents of neighboring settlements said that no person who violated this rule has returned from Fort.