Forbidden fruit makes it all the more desirable to attain, it’s just our nature; we all love the thrill of having something that we’re not allowed to obtain. This exhilaration for the forbidden feeds into the thrill of the chase for the adventurous. People who love courting danger relish in discovering things that are restricted, if only for the purpose of defying the odds and attaining them.
This list reveals the most restricted places on earth, simply to satisfy your curiosity and perhaps attempt to visit these specific places. Some places on the list are completely restricted to humans, while others are only accessible to government officials or royalty or the military or other persons with highfalutin titles. Check it out!
12. Lascaux Caves, Southwest France
For history buffs, it would be an absolute dream come true to see the way of life of people who lived thousands of years ago. The Lascaux Caves in Southwest France is on the restricted places list. The cave is said to have some of the most beautiful works of prehistoric art adorning its walls, art that dates back as far as 20,000 years.
11. Admax, Florence, Colorado
Maximum security prisons are the most depressing kind because the prisoners are virtually barred from the outside world. Such is the case for Admax (Administrative Maximum Security), located in Florence, Colorado. The most dangerous criminals are within its walls, specifically those who are prone to violence and escaping.
10. Area 51, Groom Lake, Nevada
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the notorious Area 51 outside Las Vegas in Nevada. This military base has been serving whatever mysterious purposes it has for the US government since the 1950s and to this day, no one is completely sure what exactly it’s used for. And this has caused rumors to swirl incessantly.
9. White House Situation Room, Washington DC
The only time we’ll see any action happening in the White House Situation room is in political or military-themed TV shows and movies. Otherwise, it’s closed off to the world. Located 50 feet below the West Wing, the only ones who are allowed into the secluded room are the President and a group of carefully handpicked advisors.
8. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Spitsbergen, Norway
Ever wondered what would happen if, by some natural calamity or earth-shattering warfare, the world runs out of natural resources and a famine ensues? Well, Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway is apparently the solution. The vault allegedly contains thousands upon thousands of seeds of every single type of plant all over the world.
7. Ise Grand Shrine, Ise Japan
Though Japan is thoroughly modern, it still has a firm grasp of its cultural and religious roots. One testament to this hold is the existence of Ise Grand Shrine, which is said to date back to 4 B.C. The country’s most sacred shrine, no one can enter the complex, save for the priests and priestesses of the imperial family.
6. Metro-2, Moscow, Russia
A place that may or may not actually exist is all the more intriguing. One such example is Metro-2 in Moscow, a rumored subway system in the city’s underground. The line of railways was supposedly built by dictator Joseph Stalin for top government officials and Russian secret service agents. And to add fuel to the fire, there’s also an alleged underground city near the Metro-2.
5. Mount Weather, Virginia
In answer to the Sputnik satellite launched by the Soviet Union in the 1950s, the US built the Mount Weather Operations Center in Virginia, a few miles away from the nation’s capital. To put it bluntly, the center is a “doomsday” shelter, complete with its own radio and TV studio in the event that the president would need to make a broadcast after an attack.
4. Coca-Cola’s Recipe Vault, Georgia
It’s but natural that the biggest soda manufacturer in the world would keep its recipe safely under lock and key. And this is why Coca-Cola has its very own recipe vault in Georgia. The recipe has long been fiercely guarded, leaving many to speculate about what magic it has to elicit such loyalty from customers.
3. North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal
Believe it or not, there are still tribes of people out there who are almost completely cut off from the outside world, preferring to live and breed among themselves and are totally averse to change. Such is the case for the Sentinelese, who hail from the North Sentinel Island along the Bay of Bengal. According to the website Neatorama, the island has no natural harbors and is surrounded by jagged coral reefs, effectively keeping visitors out.
2. Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican, Italy
Those who are familiar with Dan Brown’s novel, Angels and Demons know that the Vatican has a secret archive and that it’s restricted to the public, unless your name is Robert Langdon, the book’s protagonist. In contrast to how the archive is depicted in the movie, the actual Vatican Secret Archives is quite antiquated, with metal lifts to bring you to the different floors that contain the papal documents, according to The Telegraph.
1. Room 39, Pyongyang, North Korea
North Korea arguably tops the list of most restricted places. And you won’t get any more restricted than Room 39, said to be located in the ruling Workers’ Party building in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The infamous room is said to be the site of numerous criminal activities, such as illegal drug manufacturing, counterfeiting of US dollar bills, and financial fraud.