8 Interesting Places
Nobody is Allowed
to Ever Visit
By Kyzia Maramara
There are a lot of mysterious things in this world, some of them are beautiful and some of them are, let’s just say human. It’s a wild world out there. Here are 8 places you might find interesting but too bad for you, you can never visit them. And for some places, after reading this I doubt you would even want to.
Lascaux Cave, France
Four teenagers following their dog stumbled over this masterpiece of 17,000 year old paintings – art that represents the Upper Paleolithic period according to researchers. The walls of the cavern have almost 600 paintings of animals and 1,500 engravings and symbols.
The Lascaux Cave was opened for public viewing in 1948 but was closed shortly after in 1963 because the lighting made the paintings fade and the breath and sweat of visitors caused humidity that damaged the paintings. Portions of it also had algae growing over them.
A replica situated nearby was created and 1983 where anybody is welcome to visit.
For all the extraterrestrial believers and conspiracy theorists out there, Area 51 might be familiar to you. Referred to in a lot of movies, Area 51 is a highly secretive American air force base wildly rumored to have been keeping aliens in their compound, among other things. It was only in 2013 through the request for Freedom of Information that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) acknowledged its location in the Nevada desert where an abandoned road with alarming warning signs lead to it.
Area 51 is still a mystery to date but for alien enthusiasts the belief that extraterrestrial spacecraft and technology is being kept there in a hangar somewhere is still strong. But hey, whatever helps them sleep at night, right?
Pine Gap Australia
Pine Gap is the Australian version of Area 51 complete with all the secrets and rumors about its existence. But it’s just a satellite tracking station run by both the Australian and United States military.
The facility has been in operation since the 1970s but it remained top secret. Nobody ever really knows anything about it just that it has a wide range of signals and can provide early warning of ballistic missile launches.
Pine Gap employs about 1000 people and unless you are an employee, you can’t get anywhere near it.
Snake Island, Brazil
Located off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil is an island that’s the stuff of nightmares. Snake Island also called Ilha da Quimada Grande wasn’t called Snake Island for nothing. It’s the home of over 4,000 snakes including the deadly golden lancehead snake whose venom can melt human flesh upon contact. Locals of Sau Paolo said that you can’t walk the island without encountering a snake every 6 square yards!
Thousands of years ago, rising tides cut Snake Island off from the mainland and left the snakes trapped. Their diet consists mainly of migratory birds.
Locals tell two stories of death from the island. One is of a fisherman who wanders on the shores of the island to pick bananas but gets bitten and dies in a bloody pool on his boat. The other is of a lighthouse operator with his wife and three kids. Snakes entered their window and attacked them and as they were escaping to their boat, the snakes hanging from branches overhead bit them.
Visiting the island is prohibited to the public for their safety and also for the safety of the snakes. Access is only granted to the Brazilian Navy and some scientists. Best decision ever, I say.
North Sentinel Island
Here’s another island that sounds interesting. North Sentinel Island is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is home to a tribe of estimated 400 people called the Sentinelese. It would’ve been nice and cute except that the tribe want nothing to do with the modern world and have met all kinds of contact with violence. Still interesting?
If you try to get close to the island, you will be rained on with arrows and spears and face your death. There was only one time in 1991 when friendly contact was made and gifts and offerings were given. After that, the Indian government ended visits and the island was made independent.
Vatican Secret Archives
The actual name of the Vatican archives is Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, with Secretum meaning ‘private.’ The archives were established by Pope Paul V over 4 centuries ago. It consists of letters and also important pieces of historical records of the past popes.
It can be visited but it isn’t as simple as writing your name on the waiting list, you have to prove you’re a serious enough scholar and you have to renew your credentials every 6 months. Journalists, students, tourists, and amateur historians are never granted access.
Gems of the archive include notes pertaining to Galileo’s trials in 1633, the 1521 papal bull that excommunicated Martin Luther, a letter from Michaelangelo to Pope Julius the II, and a lot more.
The Bohemian Grove
Bohemian Grove is a secretive boys-only club where the elites basically go on a three-week camp in mid-July each year. Shady AF if you ask me. Members include heads of American state, artists, musicians, and other people who are in power. If you ever want to get in, you need an invitation.
But of course they need other people to serve them and their every little need so they employ locals mostly teenagers for summer jobs as servers. In a blog post one employee said the members were all rowdy, peeing on trees, getting pissed drunk, and even bullying the waiters.
And of course we mustn’t forget the stories of occultism or even free-masonry rituals going on there. Whatever it is it just looks to me like a bunch of spoiled boys wasting money instead of serving their states.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault
The North Pole is not only famous for Santa Claus’ store house of gifts for Christmas, it’s also where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located – a storehouse for all the seeds in the world. Allowing anyone to come in this place is not a good sign, if that happens there’s probably an apocalypse coming or we’re in for 7 years of famine.
The Vault has the capacity to store 4.5 million varieties of crops and currently holds more than 930,000 samples from all over the world. According to Carey Fowler, creator of the seed vault, each sample is in a package and has about 500 seeds.
The vault is tunneled inside a mountain with the temperature is controlled to -1 degrees Fahrenheit, ideal for storing seeds. However in recent news, due to global warming, melted ice water flooded the tunnel’s entrance. Fortunately, the seeds weren’t damaged and researchers are now looking into solutions to prevent other mishaps.
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