20 Places On Earth You're FORBIDDEN From Visiting
By Patricia Tena
eventMarch 16, 2017
Fire, plumes of smoke, screams of agony - that was the scene at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 2, 1988 when the worst nuclear disaster in history occurred. Because of the extreme levels of radiation in the area, there's no surprise why this site is restricted.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
The only time this place sees human contact is when new seeds are accepted to prep for a global catastrophe that would destroy the world's crops. So far, the site houses 1/3 of the most important food crop seeds across the globe, but it can hold up to 4.5 million!
North Sentinel Island, Bay Of Bengal
The only humans on this island are a group of around 50-400 Sentinelese, people who've decided to live a primitive lifestyle and reject the modern world. Some peaceful contact has been made, but the Indian government prohibited visits here back in 1996.
Area 51, Nevada
This US Air Force facility's primary purpose is unknown, but it's believed to support the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems, otherwise known as black projects. Conspiracy theorists also say work regarding UFOs is conducted here!
Snake Island, Brazil
This small island off the coast of Brazil contains the most deadly snakes known to man - a whopping 4,000 of them. In fact, they're so deadly that they possess a poison that could melt human flesh!
Raf Menwith Hill, England
Land decked out with giant golf balls? Not quite. This air force station conducts secret tests and operations, serves as a missile warning site, and houses numerous satellites.
Lascaux Caves, France
The incredible paintings in this cave were done over 17,000 years ago! Though the caves were once opened to the public for a few years, exposure to the elements resulted in the Paleolithic paintings beginning to deteriorate. Only a preservationist or scientist is allowed in a few days each month to monitor the paintings' increasing degradation.
White's Gentlemen's Club, England
You must be of very high importance to get into this club, located on St James's Street in London. You must also be a man. Some current members include Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Charles, Prince of Wales. Membership here costs $85,000 a year!
Moscow Metro-2, Russia
Though the Russian government denies the existence of this place, given the code name D-6, legend has it that Joseph Stalin had the site built as a transportation service for Russian secret services.
Club 33, Disneyland
Disney's elite Club 33 reportedly has a 14-year-long waiting list! Members of this private club have exclusive access to lavish resort experiences. To get in, you must first pay an initiation fee of $25,000, plus annual dues of another $12,000.
Coca-Cola Vault, Georgia
Coca-Cola values its secret recipe so much that the company keeps it locked up in this massive vault! Visitors can see the exhibit, but surely enough, thousands of pounds of metal separates thirsty spectators from the actual formula.
Dulce Base, New Mexico
This alleged underground facility is believed to house both humans and aliens! As you can see by the photo, many believe it's used for various experiments.
Room 39, North Korea
North Korea is full of secrets, so there's no wondering why the country would have a restricted facility. The Central Committee Bureau 39 of the Korean Workers' Party allegedly engages in illicit activities, including counterfeiting, insurance fraud, and drug trades.
Ise Grand Shrine, Japan
This site houses over 100 shrines of spiritual and sacred objects associated with the goddess Amaterasu-Omikami. Though it's existed since 4 BC, it's destroyed and rebuilt every 20 years. The only people allowed in here are priests and priestesses of royalty!
Only a few research scientists are allowed on this island, formed by a volcanic eruption, to study the evolution of growing plant and animal life. About 12 species of birds, orcas, grey seals, and various plants call this island and the surrounding area their home!
Chapel Of The Ark Of The Covenant, Ethiopia
This site is believed to house the alleged vessel for God's Ten Commandments that he gave to Moses. Not even the Ethiopian president is allowed to head inside! Just one monk reportedly looks after the chapel and never leaves.
Bank Of England Vaults, England
The vaults below London hold a whopping 4,600 tons of gold - that's equal to nearly $193 billion! And to open them, you need three-foot-long keys! Only employees and a security team can enter here, though Queen Elizabeth did recently take a tour.
Google Data Centers
These highly protected data centers are located in various locations to house the company's assets. The public is strictly prohibited from entering them, and those who are allowed in must go through a series of extreme security measures.
Jiangsu National Security Education Museum, China
Only Chinese citizens are allowed to enter this otherwise secret museum that houses some of the country's alleged top secret information. An anonymous employee here once said some of its collections include guns that look like regular objects and classified documents.
Bohemian Grove, California
For the past 150 years or so, a group of prominent men have gathered at this secret site to hold private meetings. Women are prohibited, but former presidents, including Richard Nixon and Herbert Hoover, have attended. The development of the atomic bomb allegedly came to mind from a meeting here!