16 Places You Are Not Allowed To Visit...
Everyone likes a good secret. Something that is forbidden and unknown. These places will serve that need perfectly. All of these places on the list are top secret.
Entry is restricted and only select few can get in. The Vatican Archives house texts that date as far back as the 8th century. Access to the library can only be gained after going through many rigorous tests. And even then scholars can only ask for reference material on a single topic.
#15 Google Data Centers
Yes, they're real. Google's Data Centers are the answer to how Google manages to provide free e-mail storage to hundreds of millions of Gmail users, conduct over 3 billion daily search queries, millions of ad auctions and even host YouTube videos.
These places store information on each and every internet and android user on the planet. The machines themselves are the intellectual property of Google which explains why Google wants to keep them hidden.The list goes on...
#14 Room 39 (Office 39)
Room 39 or Office 39 is a secretive North Korean party organization that seeks ways to maintain the foreign currency slush fund.The organization is estimated to bring in between $500 million and $1 billion per year or more. Most of this money is rumored to be gained through illegal activities.
Room 39 was established by Kim Il-Sung in the late 1970s. It has since then been passed onto his successors Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un.
#13 Club 33
Club 33 is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Walt Disney originally created the club for dignitaries, investors, and other VIPs at a membership price of $11,000 per year.Club 33 is the only location within Disneyland Park to offer alcoholic beverages.
The waiting list for potential members is assumed to be several years long, but special exceptions have been made for people to dine at the club as a one-day visitor. Celebrity-spotting is one perk for visitors to the club.
#12 Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion
In the town of Axum in the province of Tigray is the most significant church in Ethiopia: the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. What's so special about this church? The church claims to posses the 'Ark of the Covenant', in simpler words, they claim to posses a wooden chest housing the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were scribed.
Virgin monks commit to living exclusively on chapel grounds for the remainder of their lives once anointed, and are assigned as guardians of the Ark. No one else has ever laid eyes on it, contributing to difficulties in confirming or disproving the claim.
#11 Ilha da Queimada Grande (Snake Island)
Ilha da Queimada Grande, also known as "Snake Island", is an island located off the coast of Brazil. You will find more than 2,000 golden lancehead vipers here, one of the most venomous snakes in the world. The poison is said to melt the flesh around the bites. According to VICE, these snakes are so rare that snake smugglers sell them for up to $30,000 on the black market.
#10 Bohemian Grove
Bohemian Grove is a 2,700-acre (1,100 ha) campground located at 20601 Bohemian Avenue, in Monte Rio, California, belonging to a private San Francisco-based men's art club known as the Bohemian Club. Every year some of the most prominent men in society meet here.
Presidents Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt and former Administrator of NASA, Sean O' Keefe are some of the people who have been members of the club. Entry can only be gained if you are invited as a guest by a full-time member.
#9 Moscow Metro-2
Not to be confused with the Moscow Metro, Metro-2 is a special subway system rumored to have been built for the paranoid leader Joseph Stalin. Some believe that it was meant to provide high-ranking officers, including Stalin, for easy access to a sabbatical home or escape, especially in the case of nuclear war.
Adventurous diggers claimed to find the entrance to the system in the mid-90s. Although its existence has neither been confirmed or denied, it has been mentioned in a view documents including one by the US Department of Defense.
Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy.Some time after the island had become a quarantine station for ships arriving at Venice in the 18th century, a plague was discovered on two ships. The island was sealed off and used to host people with infectious diseases, leading to legends of terminally ill Venetians waiting to die before their ghosts returned to haunt the island.
In 1922, the island became home to a mental hospital where a doctor allegedly experimented on patients with crude lobotomies. He later threw himself from the hospital tower after claiming he had been driven mad by ghosts.
#7 The Jiangsu National Security Education Museum
A new Chinese spy museum exhibits guns disguised as lipstick, hollowed-out coins used to conceal documents and maps hidden as a deck of cards.
What you won't find there, however, are foreigners.
A sign outside the Jiangsu National Security Education Museum in a park in the eastern city of Nanjing states that only Chinese citizens are allowed inside, a policy designed to keep the communist regime's cloak and dagger methods secret — no matter how timeworn they may be. This just makes us even more curios as to just what else might lie behind those doors.
#6 Heard and McDonald Islands
Located in the southern Indian Ocean, about 1,700 km from Antarctica and 4,100 km from Perth, Heard Island and McDonald Islands are the only volcanically active subantarctic landmasses and are valued for their rare ecosystems, made possible by the complete absence of alien plants and animals, human impact included. The area is well known for Big Ben, an active volcano that rises up to 2,745 meters.
#5 Tomb of the Qin Shi Huang
Before its unification China was actually a mixture of 7 different provinces. The first person in history to unify all of China emperor Qin Shi Huang has a tomb located in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province of China. This photograph depicts one of the many clay warriors guarding the tomb.
According to Live Science, the opening of the mausoleum depends not only on the Chinese government but also on science; how to properly excavate the area has remained a mystery for years, and a wrong move can result in the staggering loss of irreplaceable information. In addition, reports reveal considerable amounts of mercury in the area.
#4 North Sentinel Island, Island in the Indian Ocean
North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.A group of indigenous people, the Sentinelese, live on North Sentinel Island. Their population is estimated to range from 50 to 400 individuals.
The Sentinelese reject any contact with other people, and are among the last people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization.The population faces the potential threats of infectious diseases to which they have no immunity, as well as violence from intruders. The Indian government has thus declared the entire Island, which is approximately the size of Manhattan, and its surrounding waters extending three miles from the island, to be an exclusion zone.
#3. Vault of the Secret Formula
Pharmacist John S. Pemberton's Coca-Cola formula, created in 1886, is regarded as one of the world's most highly regarded trade secrets. In 2011, the Coca-Cola company moved its then 125-year-old recipe from its original vault at SunTrust Bank in downtown Atlanta to the World of Coca-Cola.
Guests can visit the World of Coca-Cola after passing through a strict security checkpoint and can even see the Vault of the Secret Formula, but it's just a teaser. The vault remains closely guarded. A quick Internet search will lead you to many similar recipes, though none have been officially confirmed.
#2 Royal Air Force Station Menwith Hill
Located nine miles west of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, this Royal Air Force Station (RAF) covers about one square mile of moorland, or open area typically covered with grass. Run by the US National Security Agency (NSA), it is thought to be the largest electronic monitoring station in the world. Its distinctive golf ball structures, formally known as radomes, are believed to secretly monitor and possibly even intercept communications.
Controversy remains, especially among activists who are unsure whether the secret activities conducted within the base are acceptable, or accountable, to the British public.
#1 Area 51
Area 51 has risen in popularity for its association with government secrecy and supposed holdings of alien spacecrafts. A few years ago, the CIA released documents officially acknowledging the Nevada-based area – about 125 miles northwest of Las Vegas – and its purpose as a testing site for government's U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs.
Pop culture enthusiasts may be disappointed, but the reports are said to be only the beginning of public access to the top secret work behind this legendary site.
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