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16 Super Secretive Places Around The World That You’ll Never Lay Eyes On

by Averi Clements
Averi is a writer and traveler who enjoys learning about new cultures and languages. She's a blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, a TEFL/TESOL-certified ESL teacher, and an equine enthusiast. She currently lives in Central America with her cat and a lot of really big bugs.

Traveling is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. It’s always an incredible experience to discover new places and leave them as a changed person. But even the greatest explorers can be sent away (or even shot at) if they take a few steps too far in the wrong direction… and as it turns out, there are plenty of ultra secretive places that most of us will never be allowed to see no matter how hard we try.

Going to exotic or hidden places (and taking a selfie at each one like this guy did) is something we all dream about, but whether they’re just super hard to access or have exclusive entrance requirements, some places will just have to be crossed off our bucket lists before we ever get to them. Most of them are high security government buildings, but there are even a few islands and caves that are off-limits to everyone but a very select few people. And maybe I’m crazy, but that just makes me want to see them even more!

Each of these fifteen locations has very strict limitations on who can get in, and it’s very likely that most of us will never have the honor of being one of the special visitors. I’m hoping that #2 eventually opens up to the public, but which one would you most like to see? These places have really piqued my curiosity!

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1. The Vatican Secret Archives

1. The Vatican Secret Archives

What’s inside the Vatican Secret Archives is no secret at all. Documents up to 2,000 years old are stored inside, including Henry VIII’s petitions to divorce Catherine of Aragon, but all of them older then 75 years old are available to any accredited researcher who asks for them. It’s the room itself — which is said to hold up to 52 miles of shelves — that is harder to see. To apply for an entry card, you have to be a scholar from a university who is doing specific scientific research with knowledge of how to research archives. You also need a letter by someone qualified in historical research, and you can’t be an undergraduate. Is it a completely off-limits location? No. But you’re going to have to go through a heck of a lot to get in.

2. Poveglia

2. Poveglia

This tiny island in northern Italy was once used as a quarantine zone and crematory for those afflicted with the Bubonic Plague in 1348 and later the Black Death in 1630. It was converted into a mental hospital in the early-to-mid 1900s, and even after it closed down in 1968, people reported hauntings of those who suffered from the plague and the insane doctors that “treated” their patients. Nowadays, neither tourists nor locals are permitted on the island, though the Italian government has made exceptions for a select few ghost hunting crews.

3. Lascaux Cave

3. Lascaux Cave

The paintings found in these French caverns are up to 20,000 years old, but the cave wasn’t open to the public until 1948. Unfortunately, letting visitors into the cave proved to be a huge mistake — the carbon dioxide exhaled by all the people who came in visibly damaged the paintings, and today, nobody except for a select few scientists can enter.

4. Area 51

4. Area 51

This Nevada military base’s purpose is supposedly to test new weapons and aircraft, but it’s so heavily guarded that it’s long been the subject of multiple conspiracy theories involving aliens and UFOs. But if you go to see for yourself, be prepared to risk your life doing it — the government says that deadly force will be used against anyone who enters the premises.

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