It’s hard to imagine that there are places that we’re not allowed to visit, especially with today’s technology. However, if you plan on going to North Sentinel Island in India, it’s probably best to reschedule that trip. In 2006, the tribe killed two fishermen who accidentally entered their territory. Now, it’s strictly forbidden as it could result in death.
Even without the threat of death, there are plenty of places that cannot be visited as they are cut off for a variety of reasons. Military bases, forbidden islands, and fragile natural landmarks are off limits to people. Take a tour and be sure to not include any of these places as your next place to visit.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault Holds A Massive Collection Of Seeds
Photo Credit: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images
The massive collection of seeds is in a vault designed to withstand man-made and natural disasters. If a major catastrophe ever happened, the 890,000 preserved seed samples from almost every country in the world would ensure diverse food options were still available.
The vault has opened its door only a few times in a year. Still, the climate change might test how effective the Seed Vault is. In May 2017, melted permafrost made it inside. Today, it’s become a vital importance in the war-torn and drought-affected Syria.
The U.N. Buffer Zone Started After Turkish Troops Invaded
Photo Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Turkish troops invaded Cyprus in 1974. The invasion led to a civil war between the Greek and Turkish inhabitants. The fight ended in a ceasefire, and the United Nations took control of a no man’s land “buffer zone.”
There, walls separate the Turkish community in the North and the Greek community in the South. Behind the walls are nothing but abandoned homes and businesses. Some “Civil Use Areas” allow civilians, but other areas haven’t been touched in decades.
The Catacombs Is A Mysterious Place In Paris
Photo Credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images
While this was first built as a tunnel network for Paris’ stone mines, it became a storage for 6 million dead bodies at the end of the eighteenth century. A small part of the tunnel is open to the public, where tourists can see thousands of bones and skulls stacked together.
99% of the 170-mile long maze is forbidden to enter because it’s pretty easy to get lost. It sounds pretty bone-chilling to walk around these tunnels and not get scared. Read ahead to find out Russia’s mysterious transportation line during the Stalin days.
Pluto’s Gate In Turkey Is Dedicated To The Roman God Of Death
Photo Credit: Mahmut Serdar Alakus/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Located in the ancient city of Hierapolis, Turkey, it was once the site dedicated to the Roman god of death, Pluto. After its discovery in 1965, Pluto’s Gate’s dangers were proven to be more than just a myth.
Scientists measured the CO2 concentration and discovered the sun dissipates the gates. At night, the CO2 becomes heavier in the air due to lower temperatures. At dawn, the CO2 reaches 35%, which is enough to kill people and animals in a matter of minutes.
Area 51 Failed To Exist Until 2013
Photo Credit: Barry King/WireImage/Getty Images
The U.S. military installation 100 miles north of Las Vegas is one of the most mysterious places in the world. That’s especially true considering the U.S. government denied its existence until 2013.
The area is mainly used by the CIA and the U.S. Air Force as a testing territory. Despite it being a military installation, many people believe that it might be a place where scientists researched a crashed alien spacecraft. Area 51 is completely prohibited.
Metro-2, Line D6 Was Russia’s Mysterious Metro System
Photo Credit: Twitter
During Stalin’s reign, a secret system of underground transportation was built. The Metro-2 supposedly connects administrative institutions like the Kremlin, Vnukovo-2 airport, and General Staff Academy. The Moscow metro administration denies the existence of these tunnels.
Yet back in 1994, an urban exploration group claims to have found the entrance to the underground system. Now, only one of four lines is confirmed to exist, and that is the line D6. Access is only permitted with a special pass. The home of the most endangered venomous snakes is still on the way.
The Lascaux Caves Have An Interesting Background Story
Photo Credit: Jerome CHATIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
The ceilings and the walls of this cave are covered with parietal wall paintings. It’s believed that the age of the paintings goes back some 17,000 years ago. Back in 1940, the caves were discovered by Marcel Ravidat, leaving people wondering about their origins and meanings.
Anthropologists believe that the paintings might symbolize past huntings success or a mystical ritual. However, the caves would be open during WWII, which changed the cave environment.
Fort Knox Is The Most Heavily Guarded Place On The Planet
Photo Credit: Bettman/Getty Images
The Fort Knox vaults are the home to the U.S. gold reserves. Not one single person can make it into the vault, as several combinations need to be entered to gain access.
It’s been regarded as the most heavily guarded place in the world and nobody would be able to get in without the help of their colleagues. Even the building itself is hardcore, and is made of concrete-lined granite and reinforced by steel fences to withstand any attacks.
Ilha Da Queimada Grande (Snake Island) Is The Home Of Endangerous Venomous Snakes
Photo Credit: @PopCultureBook/Twitter
Located off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean, it’s the only home to the endangered venomous golden lancehead pit viper. The island is closed to the public in order to protect the snake population.
Due to the overall low population of the golden lancehead, the snake has been labeled as critically endangered on the Red List of Threatened Species. It was also placed on the list of Brazil’s most endangered animals. Outside of Hiroshima, Japan’s worst disaster happened in 2011. Find out shortly what happened.
North Brother Island Was The Place Where Over 1,000 People Died
Photo Credit: @Gothamist/Twitter
The 13-acre island is located on the East River just miles from Manhattan, New York. 1,000 or so people lost their lives after a passengers ship sank in the island’s waters. Later, it was at a Riverside Hospital where the survivors were treated for contagious diseases.
The island was later abandoned until the 1950’s when a center opened up to treat drug addicts. Today, it’s a bird sanctuary for herons and other birds. The island is currently off-limits to the public.
Mausoleum Of The First Qin Emperors Tomb Was Found In 1975
Photo Credit: VCG via Getty Images
Farmers discovered the tomb of China’s first Emperor. Archaeologists have since found about 2,000 clay soldiers and another 8,000 yet to be discovered. The Chinese government has forbidden archaeologists from touching the central tomb with Qin Shi Huang’s body.
Nonetheless, opponents of excavation believe that current technology couldn’t preserve anything that the tomb holds. If technology does advance further down the road, that could be a possibility.
Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was One Of Japan’s Worst Disasters
Photo Credit: Keow Wee Loong / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Back in 2011, the Fukushima nuclear disaster struck Japan really hard. It was so bad that residents within 19 miles of the plant were forced to evacuate. The disaster is the second one to be given the Level 7 event classification by the International Nuclear Event Scale.
It’s right next to Chernobyl and due to its extreme radiation, nobody is allowed to enter these premises. That is, except for Keow Lee Loong, a Malaysian photographer who chose to illegally sneak into Fukushima’s exclusion zone. 1986 was the year of Ukraine’s most deadly disaster. Read ahead to see what people had to do immediately.
Niihau Island In Hawaii Is Often Called The Forbidden Island
Photo Credit: maps4media via Getty Images
In 1864, Hawaii’s Niihau Island was bought by Elizabeth Sinclair and it’s been privately owned ever since. The “Forbidden Island” name goes back to 1952. During the polio epidemic on the Hawaiian Islands, it was forbidden to leave and enter the island to avoid the disease.
Today, with a population of over 170 people, the island is off-limits to anyone that’s not the island owners Bruce and Keith Robinson, U.S. Navy personnel and government officials.
Vatican Secret Archives Are Very, Very Long
Photo Credit: Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images
Did you know that the Catholic Church had a secret archive? Neither did we. But, they do have an archive where they store documents that relate to the Catholic Church.
The archives date as far back as the eighth century and an entire archive is so long that it has 53 miles of shelves. Entrance is strictly forbidden, especially for anyone who is not a researcher with special permission for access to the archives.
1986 Was The Year Of The Chernobyl Exclusion Disaster In Ukraine
Photo Credit: Pyotr Sivkov\TASS via Getty Images
Due to high radiation levels, every local was ordered to immediately leave the premises as the area became abandoned. These days, you can still find abandoned shoes, toys and other possessions that were left behind.
Even though there are excursions that allow anyone to check some parts of town, there is a 19-mile zone known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The territory is strictly forbidden from any access as it results in anyone getting radioactive contamination. True story: Morgan Island in South Carolina is often known as Monkey Island. Find out shortly what led to the name change.
Surtsey Island In Iceland Is Only Used For Scientific Research
Photo Credit: Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
In 1963, the island of Surtsey formed after a huge volcanic eruption that lasted for three years. Today, the island is only used for scientific research to better understand how an ecosystem forms without any human impact.
There are only a select few scientists that are allowed on the island and one of the main rules for scientists is to not bring any seeds. It’s estimated that Surtsey will remain above sea level for another century.
The Grand Shrine Of Ise In Japan Is Rebuilt Every 20 Years
Photo Credit: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Image
The Grand Shrine is a sacred place where people worship Amaterasu, a goddess of the sun and the universe of the Shinto religion. The temple is built without the use of nails, but instead by joining wood.
One of the most fascinating things behind the Shrine is that it’s rebuilt every 20 years to honor the Shinto concept of death and rebirth. The only chance people have to get a glimpse is through wooden fences and no photography is allowed.
Morgan Island (Monkey Island) Got Its Name From 4,000 Rhesus Monkeys After Relocating From Puerto Rico
Photo Credit: David Silverman/Getty Images
In South Carolina, there is an island that’s filled with Monkeys! Unfortunately, the population isn’t native to the area since the monkeys were relocated from La Parguera, Puerto Rico. They got infected with the herpes B virus, so they were forced to be moved because of that and being overpopulated.
South Carolina offered to relocate the monkey colony to their uninhibited Morgan Island. The only people allowed on the island are researchers working for the National Insitute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Bohemian Grove Is Where The Rich And Powerful Go To Misbehave
Photo Credit: @JDiviv/Twitter
Located in Monte Rio, California, 2,500 elite men have participated in this event since it started back in 1872. The event only invites the most important figures from around the world, such as high-ranking politicians, Nobel Prize winners, and various military officials.
The club plays host to plays and rituals as a part of the festivities. The motto of the club is “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here,” meaning that outside concerns are not to be discussed during the event.
Poveglia Island Is One Of The Creepiest Places In The World
Photo Credit: Marco Di Lauro/ Getty Images
It all started during the Roman Empire when the island used to be the home of the plague. During the medieval era, the plague made an unnecessary return and the island became home to thousands of sick people.
A terrible amount of people were dumped into the ground, buried in the same graves and eventually burned. Fast forward to 1922, when they opened a mental hospital on the island. These days, you can find washed up human bones on the shore’s island.