Thursday, July 16, 2015

Our spectacular planet has so many wonders to explore.
 For the brave and adventurous traveler, there are even some places that
are worth an arduous journey to a remote or dangerous destination.
 However, there are some places that are just too dangerous, too
protected, or maybe too special to visit — even for the most seasoned
voyager.
These places that have been completely cut off from the outside world.
World traveling club Travel found the top 10 places that are completely off
limits to visitors.
1.
Heard Island Volcano, Australia  Satellite image of the southern tip
of Heard Island.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
This barren volcanic Antarctic Island, an
Australian external territory about two thirds of the way between Madagascar
and Antarctica, is considered one of the most remote places on earth.
The 368-square-mile landmass is mountainous, has 41 glaciers and is also home
to an array of wildlife including penguins, seals, and marine birds.
However in 2000, the University of Hawaii noticed a two-kilometer-long lava
flow coming from the southwest side of Mawson’s Peak, a 2,745-foot-high
complex volcano which has been active ever since.
Aside from the volcano and its dangers, the weather on the island is
notoriously poor.
Plus, its a minimum two-week sail to any other major land mass —
making it one of the most dangerous, and hardest places in the world to
access.

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2.
Snake Island, Brazil  Aerial view of Ilha da Queimada Grande.
 (Photo: Prefeitura Municipal Itanhaém/Flickr)Ilha da Queimada
Grande, or Snake Island, as it is more affectionately known, is a 43-hectare
island located of the Brazilian coastline, approximately 20 miles from the Sao
Paulo shore.
The island is home one of the globe’s most deadly species of snake,
the Golden Lancehead Viper, who’s venom can eat through flesh.
There are more than 4,000 of them on the island, but local lore suggests that
there is one snake for every five square meters of the land.
Whatever the case, the Brazilian government has prohibited any visitors from
setting foot there with one exception: Every few years the government grants a
handful of scientists a permit to study the snakes.


3.
North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands  North Sentinel Island.
(Photo: AP Photo/Indian Coast Guard, HO)
This small, heavily forested island
in the Bay of Bengal is completely encircled by coral reef, making it
difficult to approach by boat.
However, its inaccessibility is not the main obstacle to a visit: North
Sentinel Island is inhabited by a small indigenous population known as the
Sentinelese, who have rejected contact with all other peoples — they
are among the world’s last communities to remain untouched by modern
civilization.
In 2008, two fisherman whose boat accidentally strayed too close were
reportedly killed by the tribe.
And in the wake of the massive 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting
tsunami, research helicopters assessing the damage in the area were attacked
by the Sentinelese, who shot arrows and threw stones as the aircraft flew over
the coastline.

Related: 10 Places to Visit Before They Disappear 4.
Lascaux Caves, France  Part of Lascaux famed cave drawings.
(Photo: AP Photo/Pierre Andrieu, Pool)
This complex series of caves, located
in Northwestern France, is home to one of history’s most famous
examples of Paleolithic cave paintings ever discovered.
The ancient artwork is believed to be over 17,000 years old and depicts
mostly images of large animals that have been proven through fossil
excavations to have been living in the area at that time.
The caves are even listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
However since 2008, the caves have been completely closed off to the public
following a fungal outbreak, with only a small handful of scientists allowed
to enter for just a few days a month in order to study the paintings.


5.
Poveglia, Italy  The island of Poveglia, with its ruined hospital and
plague burial grounds.
(Photo: Marco Secchi/Getty Images)
This small island is located between
Venice and Lido within the Venetian Lagoon in northern Italy.
Throughout its history, it has been home to a fort, used as a shipping check
point, been a quarantine station for the Bubonic Plague, and since the turn of
the last century, there has been as an asylum.
In 1968, the psychiatric hospital was closed down and the island was
abandoned.
It’s no wonder — Poveglia has long been considered one of the
most haunted places on earth.
Rumor has it that the ghosts of plague victims, war victims, and the ghost of
a murderous asylum doctor roam the decaying grounds.
The Italian government offered the island up for long term lease (99 years)
in 2014 in the hope that someone would redevelop the land.
 Related: When Not to Visit a Country

6.
Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City, Italy The storehouse of the Vatican
Secret Archives.
 (Photo: (Photo: AP Photo/Giovanni Ciarlo, ho)
Buried deep within the
walls of Vatican City, and mostly underground, are the Vatican Secret
Archives, which house the immense history of the acts of the Holy See, along
with historic documents, state papers, papal account books, and other official
correspondence, some of which dates back to the eighth century.
Items include letters from Michelangelo, a letter from Mary Queen of Scots
written while she was awaiting her execution, and King Henry VIII’s
request for a marriage annulment.
The archives, which are the official property of the current pope, have been
estimated to span over 52 miles of shelving with more that 35,000 items.
 Other than a very small staff who take care of the archives, access is
strictly limited to qualified scholars from very select higher education and
research institutions, all of whom have to undergo an rigorous access
application process to be granted entry.

7.
Ise Grand Shrine, Japan Visitors are allowed as far as the gate, where they
can offer their prayers, but never beyond.
(Photo: JTB/UIG via Getty Images)
This Isa Shrine, located in the town
of Uji-tachi in the Mie Prefecture of Japan, is a Shinto shrine complex
dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu-omikami, which consists of two main shrines
and about 125 secondary shrines.
While the location of the shrine is said to date back to the third century,
the standing structures have been dismantled and replaced every 20 years
— most recently in 2013 — consistent with Shinto beliefs
regarding death and renewal.
One of the main shrines is believed to house the ‘Sacred
Mirror,’ called Yata no Kagami, part of the Imperial Regalia of Japan.
From outside, little can be seen except a fence and the buildings’
thatched roofs.
Access is restricted to just the high priestess or priest, who has to be a
member of the Japanese Imperial Family.
 8.
Area 51, Nevada  Satellite image of Area 51, Southern Nevada, United
States, a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base.
(Photo: DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
No list of prohibited places would be
complete without a mention of Area 51 — the nickname for a remote
detachment of United States Air Force facility Edwards Air Force Base, located
in Southern Nevada.
The facility is shrouded in secrecy and while it has long believed to be a
testing facility for experimental aircraft and weaponry, conspiracy theorists
favorite theory that the base is where the U.
S.
government examines and stores a crashed alien space craft and the alien
occupants, including evidence from a supposed alien crash landing in Roswell,
New Mexico in 1947.
While the area surrounding Area 51 is a popular tourist destination for alien
enthusiasts, access to Area 51 itself is completely prohibited, except to
intelligence and military personnel with special clearance.
The airspace above the base is also a no-go area and is rumored to be
protected with anti aircraft weaponry and fighter jets.

9.
Tomb of the Qin Shi Huang, China  Terra cotta soldiers and horses in
Pit #1 of excavations of Emperor Qin Shi Huang tomb, Qin Shi Huangdi Museum .
(Photo: Universal Education/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
The
tomb of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who died in 210 BC, is
buried deep beneath a hill in Central China.
The burial complex consists of a complicated network of  underground
caverns that were filled with all the things the emperor would need in the
afterlife, including clay reproductions of his armies, family, servants,
horses, and staff, widely known as the Terracotta Army.
Since its initial discovery in 1974, over 2,000 statues have been excavated,
each of them completely unique, and experts believe that there may be more
that 8,000 in total surrounding the central tomb, still yet to be uncovered.
However, the Chinese government might never allow the excavation of the
emperor’s tomb, choosing to respect the ancient burial rites.
So while tourists can catch a glimpse of the emperor’s clay army
during a site tour, the ancient warrior’s main tomb may remain
undiscovered indefinitely.
 10.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway The entrance to the international gene
bank Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
(Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa/Alamy Live News)The Svalbard Global Seed Vault
is a vast subterranean seed bank and storage facility on the Norwegian island
of Spitsbergen, around 800 miles from the North Pole, built 400 feet into a
mountainside.
Officially opened in February 2008, the facility now stores around 840,000
samples of 4000 different species of seeds, from all over the world.
The idea behind the seed bank is to provide a safety net against accidental
loss diversity in the case of a major global or regional event.
It functions much like a safety deposit box at the bank, allowing
organizations or governments to ‘deposit’ seed variations in the
vault for safe keeping, and only they have access to their deposits.
The 11,000-square-foot facility is protected by highly advanced security
systems and access is strictly limited to a handful of employees.

WATCH: Bamiyan — the City That Time Forgot Let World traveling
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.
North Sentinel Island.
(Photo: AP Photo/Indian Coast Guard, HO)
This small, heavily forested island
in the Bay of Bengal is completely encircled by coral reef, making it
difficult to approach by boat.
However, its inaccessibility is not the main obstacle to a visit: North
Sentinel Island is inhabited by a small indigenous population known as the
Sentinelese, who have rejected contact with all other peoples — they
are among the world’s last communities to remain untouched by modern
civilization.
In 2008, two fisherman whose boat accidentally strayed too close were
reportedly killed by the tribe.
And in the wake of the massive 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting
tsunami, research helicopters assessing the damage in the area were attacked
by the Sentinelese, who shot arrows and threw stones as the aircraft flew over
the coastline.

Related: 10 Places to Visit Before They Disappear 4.
Lascaux Caves, France  Part of Lascaux famed cave drawings.
(Photo: AP Photo/Pierre Andrieu, Pool)
This complex series of caves, located
in Northwestern France, is home to one of history’s most famous
examples of Paleolithic cave paintings ever discovered.
The ancient artwork is believed to be over 17,000 years old and depicts
mostly images of large animals that have been proven through fossil
excavations to have been living in the area at that time.
The caves are even listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
However since 2008, the caves have been completely closed off to the public
following a fungal outbreak, with only a small handful of scientists allowed
to enter for just a few days a month in order to study the paintings.


5.
Poveglia, Italy  The island of Poveglia, with its ruined hospital and
plague burial grounds.
(Photo: Marco Secchi/Getty Images)
This small island is located between
Venice and Lido within the Venetian Lagoon in northern Italy.
Throughout its history, it has been home to a fort, used as a shipping check
point, been a quarantine station for the Bubonic Plague, and since the turn of
the last century, there has been as an asylum.
In 1968, the psychiatric hospital was closed down and the island was
abandoned.
It’s no wonder — Poveglia has long been considered one of the
most haunted places on earth.
Rumor has it that the ghosts of plague victims, war victims, and the ghost of
a murderous asylum doctor roam the decaying grounds.
The Italian government offered the island up for long term lease (99 years)
in 2014 in the hope that someone would redevelop the land.
 Related: When Not to Visit a Country

6.
Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City, Italy The storehouse of the Vatican
Secret Archives.
 (Photo: (Photo: AP Photo/Giovanni Ciarlo, ho)
Buried deep within the
walls of Vatican City, and mostly underground, are the Vatican Secret
Archives, which house the immense history of the acts of the Holy See, along
with historic documents, state papers, papal account books, and other official
correspondence, some of which dates back to the eighth century.
Items include letters from Michelangelo, a letter from Mary Queen of Scots
written while she was awaiting her execution, and King Henry VIII’s
request for a marriage annulment.
The archives, which are the official property of the current pope, have been
estimated to span over 52 miles of shelving with more that 35,000 items.
 Other than a very small staff who take care of the archives, access is
strictly limited to qualified scholars from very select higher education and
research institutions, all of whom have to undergo an rigorous access
application process to be granted entry.

7.
Ise Grand Shrine, Japan Visitors are allowed as far as the gate, where they
can offer their prayers, but never beyond.
(Photo: JTB/UIG via Getty Images)
This Isa Shrine, located in the town
of Uji-tachi in the Mie Prefecture of Japan, is a Shinto shrine complex
dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu-omikami, which consists of two main shrines
and about 125 secondary shrines.
While the location of the shrine is said to date back to the third century,
the standing structures have been dismantled and replaced every 20 years
— most recently in 2013 — consistent with Shinto beliefs
regarding death and renewal.
One of the main shrines is believed to house the ‘Sacred
Mirror,’ called Yata no Kagami, part of the Imperial Regalia of Japan.
From outside, little can be seen except a fence and the buildings’
thatched roofs.
Access is restricted to just the high priestess or priest, who has to be a
member of the Japanese Imperial Family.
 8.
Area 51, Nevada  Satellite image of Area 51, Southern Nevada, United
States, a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base.
(Photo: DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
No list of prohibited places would be
complete without a mention of Area 51 — the nickname for a remote
detachment of United States Air Force facility Edwards Air Force Base, located
in Southern Nevada.
The facility is shrouded in secrecy and while it has long believed to be a
testing facility for experimental aircraft and weaponry, conspiracy theorists
favorite theory that the base is where the U.
S.
government examines and stores a crashed alien space craft and the alien
occupants, including evidence from a supposed alien crash landing in Roswell,
New Mexico in 1947.
While the area surrounding Area 51 is a popular tourist destination for alien
enthusiasts, access to Area 51 itself is completely prohibited, except to
intelligence and military personnel with special clearance.
The airspace above the base is also a no-go area and is rumored to be
protected with anti aircraft weaponry and fighter jets.

9.
Tomb of the Qin Shi Huang, China  Terra cotta soldiers and horses in
Pit #1 of excavations of Emperor Qin Shi Huang tomb, Qin Shi Huangdi Museum .
(Photo: Universal Education/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
The
tomb of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who died in 210 BC, is
buried deep beneath a hill in Central China.
The burial complex consists of a complicated network of  underground
caverns that were filled with all the things the emperor would need in the
afterlife, including clay reproductions of his armies, family, servants,
horses, and staff, widely known as the Terracotta Army.
Since its initial discovery in 1974, over 2,000 statues have been excavated,
each of them completely unique, and experts believe that there may be more
that 8,000 in total surrounding the central tomb, still yet to be uncovered.
However, the Chinese government might never allow the excavation of the
emperor’s tomb, choosing to respect the ancient burial rites.
So while tourists can catch a glimpse of the emperor’s clay army
during a site tour, the ancient warrior’s main tomb may remain
undiscovered indefinitely.
 10.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway The entrance to the international gene
bank Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
(Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa/Alamy Live News)The Svalbard Global Seed Vault
is a vast subterranean seed bank and storage facility on the Norwegian island
of Spitsbergen, around 800 miles from the North Pole, built 400 feet into a
mountainside.
Officially opened in February 2008, the facility now stores around 840,000
samples of 4000 different species of seeds, from all over the world.
The idea behind the seed bank is to provide a safety net against accidental
loss diversity in the case of a major global or regional event.
It functions much like a safety deposit box at the bank, allowing
organizations or governments to ‘deposit’ seed variations in the
vault for safe keeping, and only they have access to their deposits.
The 11,000-square-foot facility is protected by highly advanced security
systems and access is strictly limited to a handful of employees.

WATCH: Bamiyan — the City That Time Forgot Let World traveling
club Travel inspire you every day.
 Watch World traveling club Travel’s original series "A Broad
Abroad.
" You'll never make it to these far-flung, off limits places, but
they're still pretty cool.

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