Tuesday, 8 December 2020

20 Places Around The World That Are Forbidden To Go To

We're used to hearing about the exotic places everyone has to visit during their lifetime. When you see places like that, you might think to add it to your vacation wishlist, but what about the locations you can definitely leave off your bucket list? While some spots aren't worth the visit, other destinations are simply forbidden. 

It's hard to imagine places like this on earth, but there are many of them, from snake-infested islands to top-secret military bases. Although you can't get on the next flight to these sites, and you probably wouldn't want to, we can tell you why these places are one hundred percent off-limits.

 You might be surprised to find that some of them aren't that far from your home!

1. Morgan Island, South Carolina, USA

When you see monkeys, you might think of some tropical island far away, but they are right here in America. About 4,000 rhesus monkeys live on Morgan Island, South Carolina, but they aren't native to those lands. So, how did they get there? These adorable faces were relocated from Puerto Rico after an outbreak of herpes virus B infection. 

Before the monkeys arrived, the island was uninhabited. It is illegal for people to visit the island for their own safety and the monkeys' safety. Although they look cute in pictures and movies, these monkeys are not the friendly kind. Only a handful of researchers are allowed to set foot on Morgan Island. 

2. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

Just from the picture, you can tell this is not a place people will easily stumble upon, and that is for a very valid reason. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway is sometimes referred to as "The Doomsday Vault," and it is an important place for all of us. The vault is home to 100 million seeds from all over the world. 

Why are these seeds under high security, you ask? If there ever were a horrific disaster that wiped out the plant kingdom, the seeds could restore our natural vegetation. It is built to outlast any natural disaster, and it is very high above sea level in case of flooding due to sea level rises. Interestingly, the vault knows no politics because even North Korea has contributed seeds.

3. North Sentinel Island, India

Right off India's coast in the Bay of Bengal sits a tiny island called North Sentinel Island. With turquoise-blue waters and beautiful sandy beaches, one would think it is the perfect vacation destination, but outsiders are not allowed. The indigenous people, known as the Sentinelese, reject any contact with the outside world.

It is one of the few places that remain untouched by the outside world. After a tsunami in 2004, the Indian Coast Guard flew over the Island to assess the damage, and they reported men emerging to shoot arrows at the helicopters. They will protect their land at all costs, so don't go near this island. 

4. North Brother Island, New York, USA

North Brother Island sounds like an inviting place, but this island in the East River of New York has a sad past. After a ship sank, about 1,000 passengers took refuge on the island. It later became a hospital for people with contagious diseases, including Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary.

Mary was the first recorded patient to have typhoid fever, and she infected 50 other people, three of whom died. Today the island is abandoned, and it has actually become a bird sanctuary. We wonder if Typhoid Mary haunts the island, which is why no one visits it. 

5. Lascaux Caves, France

Although the Lascaux Caves in France are a UNESCO Heritage site, it is not open to the public. Since 1963, France banned the public from entering the caves due to fungal invasions that could be destructive to its preservation. But why are these caves so precious? They give insight into the history of the human species. 

The caves contain over 600 examples of prehistoric art that date back about 20,000 years. Although people can't go inside the real caves, it is possible to experience them in the museum and replica built right next to the actual caves. 

6. Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican

If you have ever wondered about the secrets relating to the Catholic Church, you might have to keep waiting because the Vatican Secret Archives is under tight security. The archives contain documents that date as far back as the 8th century, including papal account books, a letter from Michelangelo to Pope Julius II, and a letter from Mary Queen of Scots written before her execution. 

The mysterious vault is located underground, and it has about 53 miles worth of shelves. No one is allowed to enter besides researchers who are given special permission, but even they have limitations to what documents they can look at. Some secrets will never be revealed. 

7. Pluto’s Gate, Turkey

While Turkey has many incredible places you can visit, there is one off-limits location for your safety. Pluto's Gate in Hierapolis, Turkey, dates back to ancient times, and people didn't dare to go near it. The legend said that no one could survive there, and a historian threw sparrows inside to test it, and they immediately died. 

It was cruel to use harmless birds, but it lead to an interesting discovery. In 1965, scientists confirmed this legend when they found that the CO2 levels were so high, and at night it got cold enough so that it formed a lake on the bottom of the gate. Any living being could not survive more than a few seconds there. 

8. Chichen Itza Pyramid, Mexico

You might be surprised to see this one on the list because millions of tourists come to see the Chichen Itza Pyramid each year. However, even though you can visit it, people are not allowed to climb it. Until 2006, people were allowed to climb to the top, but a tragic accident caused them to close it to the public. 

The ancient Mayan pyramid has steps on either side, but they are corroded, which adds to the danger. Although you can't climb to the top, you can see this marvelous wonder from the ground. It's not exactly the same, but it is still breathtaking. 

9. Grand Shrine Of Ise, Japan

When it comes to shrine culture, Japan has it down to a science. There are an estimated 80,000 shrines, but none of them are as important as the Grand Shrine of Ise. The carefully crafted temple is the most expensive due to its architecture, but there weren't any nails used. 

The shrine is built every 20 years to symbolize death and rebirth, but no one is allowed to visit it because it is so holy. Unless you are a member of the Japanese imperial family or a priest, you will probably view it from the other side of the wooden fence. 

10. Snake Island, Brazil

While you might be sad that you can't visit some destinations on this list, this is definitely not one of them. Ilha Da Queimada Grande, Brazil, better known as Snake Island, is just 93 miles off the coast of Sao Paulo, and it is home to a sickening amount of snakes—between one and five snakes per ten square feet to be exact. 

Among these snakes is the golden lancehead viper, whose venom melts the skin around the bite. It's probably for the better that people aren't allowed to go here, even though we can't imagine anyone would want to. The snakes only got there when sea levels rose and covered the land that connected the island to the mainland. 

11. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India

Although it is not one hundred percent forbidden, you cannot enter Bhangarh Fort from sunset to sunrise. During the day time, tourists can take in the beautiful Rajasthani architecture; however, as the sun sets, you need to get out of there as quickly as possible, especially if you are afraid of ghosts. 

The Indian government deemed the fort haunted because the 17th-century building is full of legends about ghosts and curses that will send a chill down your spine. Those who have tried to break this rule mysteriously disappeared, so we wouldn't set foot here once the sun goes down. 

12. Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA

Most people have heard of Fort Knox, but only a select few have been inside. It is known as one of the most heavily guarded places globally because it is home to a large portion of the US gold reserves. The security measures are insane, and none of the staff members are even allowed access to the vault. 

Not only is the building made of concrete-line granite and reinforced steel, but to gain access to the vault, you need to know multiple combinations. The staff members only know one combination, so if they tried to gain access, it would have to be a group effort. 

13. Mausoleum Of Qin Shi Huang, China

Although the Tomb of Emporer Qin Shi Huang was discovered when they found the Terracotta Army in 1974, it has yet to be excavated. This was one of the most important discoveries of all time, but they are nervous that modern technologies could destroy the tomb. 

For these reasons, the Chinese government forbids access to the tomb. All people know is that the mausoleum consists of complex networks and caverns filled with objects the Emporer might need in the afterlife. It is also rumored that there are booby-traps to ward off invaders. 

14. Heard Island Volcano, Australia

Although this island is located between Madagascar and Antarctica, it is still considered Australian territory. While it looks like a scene out of Happy Feet, do not be confused because Heard Island is hazardous for the public. The main reason people cannot visit is because of the active volcano. 

In 2000, researchers noticed huge lava flow from the volcano. If that isn't enough to deter you, it is known for its poor weather conditions, and it is a two-week boat trip from the closest landmass. Unless you are with a National Geographic team, it is not a place you would even want to go. 

15. Niihau Island, Hawaii, USA

Most people associate Hawaii as a top vacation destination, but there is one island where no visitors are allowed. Niihau Island is also known as Forbidden Island because Elizabeth Sinclair, a Scottish farmer and plantation owner, purchased it back in 1864. Since then, it's privately owned by her family. 

In 1952, Hawaii had a polio outbreak, and to stop the spread, no one was allowed to leave or enter the island. Luckily, no one got sick on Niihau. To this day, people need special permission to visit the island, but it isn't easy even for the rich and famous. 

16. Surtsey, Iceland

As one of the world's youngest islands, Surtsey, Iceland, appeared after volcanic eruptions from 1963 to 1967. People are forbidden to visit the island except for a few researchers because they want to figure out how ecosystems form without human influence. 

Scientists have observed fungi, molds, birds, and invertebrates. They can't bring anything from the mainland with them because it could disrupt their research. Although it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, you won't be able to check this one off your bucket list. 

17. Mezhgorye, Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world, so it is full of surprises. There are plenty of ghost towns, mysterious sites, and other special places you can visit; however, Mezhgorye is not one of them. The small town hidden in the Southern Ural Mountains, and it is closed to outsiders. 

Two battalions encircle the town, and it is said to be home to a nuclear missile site, but nothing is for sure. It would make sense considering the level of secrecy, but there is no way to know. The Kremlin claimed that it is used as a bunker for Russian leaders and a vault for the countries treasures. 

18. Poveglia, Italy

Nothing is more terrifying than the history behind Poveglia, Italy, and you would never want to go here even if it were allowed. The island located between Venice and Lido was used in the 1700s as a quarantine site for those who had the Bubonic plague, and they would go here to die basically. 

Then, in the 20th-century, Poveglia became an asylum for the mentally ill, and it was rumored that doctors would perform awful experiments on the patients. Today, the island is deserted for a good reason, because it is considered to be the most haunted place in Italy. 

19. Area 51, Nevada, USA

While many people have tried to enter Area 51, no one has been successful. As the most well-known prohibited site in America, and the most mysterious, people have made many speculations regarding what secrets it holds. Most people speculate that they are hiding captured aliens or UFOs. 

On official records, Area 51 is a US Air Force and CIA testing territory because of its remote location. If this were true, it makes sense why the place is so secretive, but you can never be too sure that they aren't hiding some creatures from space. 

20. Pravcicka Brana, Czech Republic

Until 1982, Pravcicka Brana was the most well-known attraction in the Czech Republic. After that, it was forbidden for tourists to visit it. Unless you have a time machine, then you are out of luck to climb over this archway, but you can still view it from afar.

The government closed Pravcicka Brana because tourists were accelerating corrosion, which would cause it to collapse. The archway will eventually collapse one day due to natural corrosion, but the ban slowed down that process

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