Forbidden places, also known as off-limits or restricted areas, are locations around the world that are off-limits to the public due to safety concerns, political reasons, or preservation efforts.
Some of these places are shrouded in mystery and intrigue, while others are simply too dangerous to access. Here are some examples of forbidden places around the world:
1. Area 51, United States- A highly classified United States Air Force facility in Nevada that is rumored to be the site of government research into extraterrestrial life and technology.
2. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway- A secure facility located on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean that houses millions of seed samples from around the world, in case of a global catastrophe.
3. Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City- A collection of documents, artifacts, and historical records that are only accessible to a select few scholars and researchers.
(Any Dan Brown’s fan out there?)
4. North Sentinel Island, India- Home to one of the last uncontacted tribes in the world, the island is off-limits to outsiders due to the risk of violence and disease transmission.
5. Mount Everest’s D***h Zone, Nepal- The highest point on Earth is a treacherous environment that is too dangerous for most people to attempt to climb, due to extreme altitude and unpredictable weather.
6. Pripyat, Ukraine- A ghost town near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that is still highly radioactive and unsafe for human habitation.
7. The Catacombs of Paris, France- A network of underground tunnels and burial chambers that contain the remains of millions of people, and are off-limits to the public due to safety concerns.
8. Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine- This is the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the surrounding area has been declared off-limits to the public due to the high levels of radiation.
9. Poveglia Island, Italy- This island near Venice is believed to be haunted and was used as a quarantine station during the bubonic plague. It is now off-limits to the public.
10. Mezhgorye, Russia- This is a top-secret Russian military base that is rumored to be a storage facility for nuclear weapons. Access to the area is strictly prohibited.
11. The tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China- The burial site of the first emperor of China is believed to be heavily booby-trapped, and access to it is prohibited.
12. The Lascaux Caves, France- These caves contain prehistoric art that is considered among the finest in the world. Due to the fragility of the paintings, access to the public is strictly limited.
13. The Snake Island, Brazil- This island is home to a venomous snake species and is off-limits to the public to prevent visitors from getting bitten.
14. The Bohemian Grove, California, USA- This is a private, members-only club for the wealthy and powerful, and access is strictly limited to invited guests.
15. The Coca-Cola Recipe Vault, Georgia, USA- The recipe for Coca-Cola is considered one of the most closely guarded secrets in the world, and the vault where it is kept is off-limits to the public.
16. The Vatican City Necropolis, Vatican City- This ancient burial site lies beneath the Vatican City, and access to it is restricted to archaeologists and scholars.
17. Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, Virginia, USA- This is a government facility that is designed to serve as a backup command center in the event of a national emergency, such as a nuclear attack.
18. The Island of Socotra, Yemen- This remote island in the Arabian Sea is home to many unique and endangered species of flora and fauna, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, due to its location and ongoing conflict in Yemen, access to the island is severely restricted.
19. The Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant, Ethiopia- This chapel in the city of Axum is said to contain the Ark of the Covenant, a sacred artifact that is said to hold the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God. However, access to the chapel is strictly limited to a select group of Ethiopian Orthodox priests.
20. The Catacombs of Paris, France- an underground ossuary containing the remains of over six million people, only a small portion of which is open to the public.
21. Room 39, North Korea- A secretive North Korean government organization believed to be involved in illicit activities, including the production and distribution of counterfeit currency and d***s.
And there you go! It’s worth noting that there are likely many more forbidden places around the world that are not widely known or publicly acknowledged. Do you know some other, don’t hesitate to comment below!