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Can Human Beings Ever Visit These Places in Their Lifetime?

Can Human Beings Ever Visit These Places in Their Lifetime?

In spite of the ongoing advancements in transportation and technology, as well as rapid globalization, there exist some places in various parts of the world where an individual simply cannot visit. While a few of us are fixated on colonizing Mars and space exploration, the bitter truth is that some of our Earth have been practically forgotten or untouched. We bring you some of the most beautiful, yet forbidden places worldwide.

The Coca-Cola Vault, Atlanta

The Coca-Cola Company’s secret formula have been locked away in a special vault for most of the last 86 years. But, today, travelers can actually come closer to this legendary vault during their visit to the World of Coca-Cola located in Atlanta, the U.S. Even though visitors are allowed to take part in a full-body interactive game helping to protect the company’s secret, no one is allowed to enter the real vault. The original formula still remains a mystery to the world. The exhibit is called ‘The Vault of the Secret Formula’ and it provides information about the fascination behind the company’s closely guarded trade secret.

North Sentinel Island, India

North Sentinel Island is considered to be one of the Andaman Islands and it is home to indigenous people in voluntary isolation named Sentinelese. These people have protected and defended, often by force, isolation from the outside world. Many times, they have attacked approached vessels. These attacks have resulted in the deaths of two fishermen back in 2006, as well as an American Christian missionary named John Allen Chau in 2018. The Indian government protects the Sentinelese and have approved of their desire to be left alone. Thus, the government has restricted entry of outsiders to this island.

Vatican Secret Archives, Vatican City

While thinking of Archivum Secretum or the Vatican Secret Archives, images of hidden secrets and mysterious documents are conjured up. But, this may not be all that is found in one of the greatest collection of historical documents. Pope Leo XIII had opened the archives in 1881 to only serious scholars. He had declared that neither students nor amateur historians were allowed to view the documents present inside the archives. Only those scholars who had their credentials renewed every 6 months were permitted to view only 3 folders a day. However, popes have granted exceptions later on even though some stringent norms still restrict access to all.

Lascaux Cave, France

Lascaux Cave based in southwestern France, is a Paleolithic cave that contains some of the most prominent examples of prehistoric cave paintings. Nearly 600 paintings, especially of animals are present on the walls of this cave. The art dates back to c. 17,000 – c. 15,000 BCE and was created by the human beings who resided there during the Upper Paleolithic period. In 1963 CE, it was found that the entry of many visitors in this cave led to the growth of algae on its walls which was further causing irreparable damage to those valuable paintings. Thus, the original cave was closed down for the public.

Snake Island, Brazil

Brazil has some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places, including Lençóis Maranhenses National Park and Iguazu Falls. Similarly, Ilha da Queimada Grande seems like any other scenic place at first glance. But, none of the Brazilians never dare to enter this island as it is infested with one of the deadliest snakes in the world. It houses about 2,000 and 4,000 golden lancehead vipers. Their venom can lead to death in less than an hour and some claim that they were put in this island by pirates to protect their gold. The Brazilian government now stringently controls who can enter this island.

Tomb of the Qin Shi Huang, China

The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor was built more than 38 years ago between 246 to 208 BC in China. It is situated under a hill and is surrounded by an underground moat of mercury. The tomb includes Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, who died on Sept. 10, 210 B.C. The Chinese government has banned the entry of archaeologists in the central tomb and it has been shut down since 210 BCE.

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