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IN Travel & Adventure ON 27 May, 2016
You might've heard this idiom, "The world is your oyster." Well, I'm here to prove this wrong because there are few places in the world which are forbidden for everyone to visit.
These forbidden places are in control of different governments in the name of "national security." Of course, the reason why these places are forbidden to the public is not something that they tell you.
You're not allowed to visit these places, but, of course, you can read about them, right? So, let's get started with these forbidden places and the interesting history about them. Few Governments don't even acknowledge the existence of these places.
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During the 2nd World War in 1942, Gruinard was the test site for biological warfare by British Military Scientists. At that high time of war, British Government tested a weapon using the Anthrax bacteria and bombs filled with Anthrax-filled were exploded near 80 sheep. Sheep became infected with Anthrax and died within few days of exposure. But later, the whole island was contaminated with anthrax bacteria and resulted in the inhabited island.
Since 1986, the government was trying to decontaminate the island due to a large number of people's demand and finally in 2007, the whole island was decontaminated using formaldehyde and was opened to the public.
As we know that Soviets are best at keeping secrets and here's their another secret. Metro-2 is a secret tunnel in Moscow which runs parallel to public metro and was built during the time of Joseph Stalin. It was code named D-6 and the idea behind this secret tunnel by KGB was to safely evacuate the political leaders in case of any nuclear attack.
Fort Knox is a United States Bullion Depository located in Kentucky, south of Louisville, which holds the US gold bullion reserve. It stores around 2.3% of all gold ever refined throughout the human history. As of April 2016, Fort Knox holds 4582 metric tons of gold.
This gold lies within its fortress-like structure and is secured by blast-proof doors weighing 25 tons. For security reasons, no visitor is ever allowed within its depository grounds.
Inform me, when you break in.
Ilha da Queimada Grande, also know as Snake Island is an Island located off the coast of Brazil and is a habitat of snakes, just snakes. This place could be the worst nightmare of someone who is afraid of snakes. Researchers estimate that there are around 3-5 snakes per square meter of this island.
This island is also home to the golden lancehead species of snakes, which is responsible for 90% of Brazil's snakebite fatalities.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seed bank which stores seeds that can be retrieved in case of world environmental crisis.
Located on the Norwegian Island of Spitsbergen, very few are allowed to get access to this secret seed vault and even countries which lend seeds are not allowed to access this vault.
North Sentinel Island is home to a group of indigenous, the Sentinelese. These people are not in contact with any world's race and are virtually untouched by modern civilization. These people face the potential threat of infectious diseases to which they have no immunity. That's why this Island is forbidden for us to visit.
This island is located in the west of the southern part of Andaman Island, and it comes with the territory of Government of India.
Located in a remote location of Nevada, Area 51 is one of the most famous secret military bases of USA. It is primarily used for weapon tests and experimental aircraft. All research and occurrence in Area 51 are top secret, and there are even rumors of the sighting of UFO nearby Area 51.
Located in the city of Ise, Japan Ise Grand Shrine is dedicated to solar goddess Amaterasu. It is one of the most sacred shrines of Japan, and you can visit only main shrine building and its inner sanctum is forbidden for people and can be entered only by members of the imperial family and few shrine priests.
Surtsey Island was formed in 1963 due to a volcanic eruption and since then it got a large attention from scientist community. Surtsey Island is banned for tourists and is continuously used for scientific experiments since then.
In a country like North Korea, where everything is prohibited starting from owning a car to getting your favorite haircut, Room 39 is a top secret place located inside a Worker's Party's building in Pyongyang. It is also very critical for North Korea's nuclear program and also involved in illegal activities such as counterfeiting $100 bills, international insurance fraud and products of drugs.
So, these were the most interesting forbidden places around the world.
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