Top 5 Forbidden Places for Tourists
If it is forbidden is ten times better and if it is a place it makes people curious enough to go and visit it even though it is strictly forbidden. Where are these places that are so great, exotic and marvelous where it is not allowed for people to go and visit? And more important why these places are forbidden? Is it because they would be ruined if tourists are going to roam or are they haunted? Keep reading this article and find out what are the main reasons for these forbidden places from the humans’ eyes.
#1. Lascaux Caves: A Complex of Caves Famous for Its Paleolithic Cave Paintings (France)
This is a complex of caves in southwestern France that is famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. About 900 of the most perfect surviving examples of Upper Paleolithic art can be seen on the caves’ walls and the paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old. The images show large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time. But no matter how glorious these paintings are, the caves are banned to the public since 1963. The reason for this no tourist policy was brought recently when a series of unexplained, and only partially controlled, fungal invasions occurred inside. Any human presence in the caves is regarded as potentially destructive. Normally, they are entered only once a week by one security guard for a few minutes at a time. The Lascaux was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
#2. Poveglia: a small Italian island that is believed to be haunted
This is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon in northern Italy. For centuries the island has been a refuge and a place of exile, and a dumping ground for the diseased and deceased. In 1348 when the plaque arrived in Italy, Poveglia became a quarantine colony just like the rest of the small islands around Venice. But, there were people who were still alive and were mistaken with the really deceased people and together with them were burned alive. In the 20th century the island was again used as a quarantine station, but in 1922 the existing buildings were converted into a hospital for the mentally ill. This went on until 1968, when the hospital was closed and the island once again became uninhabited. Of course the island was not spared from stories about ghosts from the alive burned people or the mentally ill who died there, as well as the crazy psychiatrists. In the recent years the Italian government decided to rebuild the hospital, but the work was stopped for no particular reason. The island is closed for tourists.
#3. The Vatican Secret Archives: Just a few people are allowed to go there
Naturally locate in Vatican City, the archive is the central repository for all of the acts promulgated by the Holy See. The entrance to the Archives building is nearby the Vatican Library. There are kept the state papers, correspondence, papal account books, and many other documents which the church has accumulated over the centuries. In the 17th century, under the orders of Pope Paul V, the Secret Archives were separated from the Vatican Library, where scholars had some very limited access to them, and remained absolutely closed to outsiders until 1881, when Pope Leo XIII opened them to researchers. However, the word “secret” is meant to mean “private” rather something really exclusively kept unknown from the public. You can view any document you wish because the archives are not secret, despite their name. However, you cannot enter the archive. You must submit your request for a document and it will be supplied to you. The Vatican Secret Archives have been estimated to contain84 km) of shelving, and there are 35,000 volumes in the selective catalogue alone. The only documents you can’t access are those which are not yet 75 years old (in order to protect governmental and diplomatic information).
#4. The Jiangsu National Security Education Museum: Secret spy museums where foreigners are banned (China)
This is the home to top secret documents about the history of the Chinese espionage. There are plenty of documents and gadgets dating from 1927, when the Communist Party’s Central Committee espionage department was founded, to the 1980s. Also, there is a collection of tiny pistols, guns disguised as lipstick, miniature cameras, concealed wiretaps, hollowed-out coins used to conceal documents, and maps hidden in decks of cards. You can only enter the museum if you are a native Chinese, in other words only if you are a citizen of the People’s Republic of China.
#5. The Negev Nuclear Research Center: A Nuclear Installation Located in the Desert (Israel)
This Israeli nuclear installation is located in the Negev desert.
Its construction started back in 1958 with French assistance but any information about the facility remains highly classified. In 1986, Mordechai Vanunu evealed to the media some evidence of Israel’s nuclear program to the UK and explained the purpose of the buildings. He also revealed a top-secret underground facility directly below the installation. In January 2012, the Israel Atomic Energy Commission had decided to, shut down the research center’s reactor for a while. In October and November 2012, it was reported that Hamas had fired rockets at Dimona (the Negev Nuclear Research Center), but the facility was not harmed or damaged in any of the attempted strikes. The place is not allowed nor opened for curious people who would like to see in person how this nuclear center looks.