10 Forbidden Places You’re Not Allowed To Visit
With today’s travel technology, it’s hard to imagine a place you’re not allowed to visit. Yet, there are still places that cannot be (legally) visited as they are cut off for various reasons. Places such as secret military bases, forbidden islands, fragile natural landmarks, and even sites closed due to paranormal activities are off limits to regular people. Take a virtual tour with us on these 25 Forbidden Places You’re Not Allowed To Visit.
10 Dulce Base, New Mexico, US
Found in Northern New Mexico, close to the Colorado border, Dulce a small town with just about 2,600 (mostly Native American) inhabitants. However, the town is believed to be home to a giant underground facility where unimaginable experiments and technologies are developed. The Dulce Base is alleged to be a huge subterranean compound that houses human-animal hybrids, human-alien hybrids, and extremely advanced technologies.
9 Mezhgorye, Russia
Hidden in the Southern Ural Mountains in Russia, Mezhgorya is a closed town that is reportedly home to a nuclear missile site. The town is surrounded by two battalions to ward off anyone who tries to enter the vicinity. While it has not been officially talked about by officials, the base is believed to contain automatic missiles which can be activated remotely.
8 Chichen Itza Pyramid, Mexico
One of the best preserved and most famous Mayan ruins in Mexico, Chichen Itza is an archaeological site and very popular tourist attraction located in Yucatan. The site attracts about 1.5 million visitors every year. However, the most iconic feature of the site, the El Castillo pyramid, is no longer open to the public. It was closed in 2006 when a woman died after tumbling down on her descent.
7 Mount Weather, Virginia, US
Located deep inside a mountain, just 74 km (46 mi) from Washington DC, Mount Weather is a secret underground military base that serves as a major relocation site for the highest level of civilian and military officials in case of a national disaster. Equipped with everything from cafeterias and hospitals to power plants and a mass transit system, the base is protected by warning signs, high chain link fences, razor wire, and armed guards.
6 Heard Island, Australia
One of the most remote places in the world, Heard Island lies between Madagascar and Antarctica but politically, it belongs to Australia. Home to two active volcanoes, the island is composed of limestone and debris from volcanic eruptions. In 1996, the Australian government made a management plan, forbidding any entry without permission to preserve the fragile natural environment of the island.
5 Pravcicka Brana, Czech Republic
One of the most famous natural landmarks of the Czech Republic, Pravcicka Brana is the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe and a popular tourist spot. Since 1982, visitors have not been allowed on the arch to reduce erosion but the process of disintegration continues and geologists suggest the arch might soon collapse, just like the Azure Window (former iconic landmark of Malta) did earlier this year.
4 Poveglia Island, Italy
A small island located between Venice and Lido in Northern Italy, Poveglia is a forbidden place with a dark and twisted past. Once used as a plague quarantine station, the tiny island is said to have hosted over 160,000 infected people living out their final days and hours there. It is actually believed that about 50% of the soil consists of human remains. Later on, a mental hospital was opened on the island where many patients were allegedly tortured and killed. No wonder the island is now strictly off-limits to visitors.
3 Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China
The tomb of China’s first Emperor and the founder of the Qin Dynasty, Qin Shi Huang is buried deep beneath a hill in Central China. The burial complex consists of a complicated network of underground caverns filled with all the things the emperor would need in the afterlife, including clay reproductions of his army, known as the Terracotta Army. The tomb itself, however, is yet to be uncovered; it is possible that the Chinese government might never allow the excavation of the tomb, choosing to respect the ancient burial rites.
2 Diego Garcia, British Overseas Territory, UK
Located just south of the equator in the Central Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia is an atoll that looks like the perfect tropical retreat with white sand beaches and turquoise waters. However, after forcibly evicting residents from the atoll in 1973, the British government built a large military base on Diego Garcia and declared it off-limits to all but official personnel.
1 Bhangarh Fort, India
Situated in the Indian state of Rajasthan, the Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort that is considered one the most haunted places in India. The Indian government officially declared the fort as a haunted place and imposed strict rules and regulation for entry. Tourists are not allowed to visit the fort from sunset to sunrise and locals say whoever has tried to break the rule was never found after that.
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