We have heard about a lot of places being cordoned off for human trespassing, but eventually at sometime they are opened up for tourism. But, these 8 places are not just barred for human visits, they have remained so secretive for all these years, that we never ever got of wind of their existence until now! To step into these places one either needs to be crazy scientist/researcher or absolute royalty (mind you not even UK’s royal family is allowed to visit).
1) North Sentinel Island
It is one of the Andaman Islands in Bay of Bengal, covers a area of roughly 28 sq km surrounding by coral reefs on all the direction. It is inhabited by 50 and 400 Sentinelese (extremely protective of their isolation and apparently one of the last groups to resist contact with the modern world).
In 1975, a national geographic film director was shot in the thigh for trying to attempt to make contact with them. Indian government stopped attempting contact with them in 1996.
2) Lascaux Caves
Situated in South of France, these Paleolithic cave paintings are believed to be over 20,000 years old. These paintings are mostly of animals. An 18-year-old, young man named, Marcel Ravidat discovered the entrance of Lascaux Cave, on September 12, 1940. Surprised by his discovery, Ravidat came back to this place along with his three friends on a self-prepared shaft. Once they explored the caves, the teenagers found out that the cave walls were carved with depictions of animals. On their return, they informed the local authorities about their discovery; after years of exploration, the cave was opened for public in year 1948. Soon it was observed that the exhaled CO2 from visitors, visibly damaged the painting thus the tourism was stopped and caves have been closed since 1963. It is declared as a UNESCO world heritage site now and only hand few of scientist are allowed to visit it.
It is the informal name to a long rumored secret metro system beneath Moscow. Codenamed D-6 and supposedly made by Joseph Stalin. It can accommodate 30,000 people and connects Kremlin to FSB headquarters.
4) Ise Grand Shrine
The Ise Grand Shrine in Japan (which is actually a series of over 100 shrines) is the most sacred shrine in Japan. It is dedicated to Amaterasu (the Sun goddess) and has been in existence since 4 BC. This ranks very high on the list of places you will never see in person, because the only allowed humans are either the priest or priestess and that he/she must be a member of the Japanese imperial family. So, unless we have a Japanese prince or princess reading the site, no one here will ever see anything more than the thatched roof of the Ise Grand Shrine.
5) East Rennell, Solomon Islands
East Rennell is a World UNESCO Heritage Site that ironically lies to the South of the Rennell Islands, which are a part of the Solomon Islands archipelago. It is believed that some of the ‘Giants’, local natives on this island are still known for their sickening head hunting and cannibalism.
6) Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island (Rapa Nui), located in the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most remote places in the world. Though it is technically a part of Chile, the ancient culture of this land is unique to its isolated inhabitants.
7) Ilha da Queimada Grande, or Snake Island
On Snake Island, located off the coast of Sao Paula, Brazil, you will find at least one snake every square meter; in perspective, for every second step you take, you for sure will step on a snake or certainly (Ilha da Queimada Grande) be bitten by one. The most common snake found on this island is the critically endangered golden Pitviper, with a bite that delivers hemotoxin venom. In order to protect the viper, this island was sealed off by the Brazilian navy and is now closed to general public. Scientists and explorers studying the golden Pitviper, may visit the island, but after obtaining special permissions.
8) Poveglia, Italy
A small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. For centuries Poveglia has been a refuge, a stronghold, a place of exile, and a dumping ground for the diseased and deceased. In 1348, the Bubonic Plague arrived in Venice and Poveglia, like many other small islands, became a quarantine colony. Fearing the unbridled spread of the disease, Venice exiled many of its symptom-bearing citizens there. At the island’s center the dead and the dying – who were mistaken for dead bodies – were burned on giant pyres. These fires would burn once more in 1630 when the Black Death again swept through the city. The island contains one or more plague pits. Some estimates suggest that 100,000 people died on the island over the centuries. Till date, people fear to step near the area. “This story was originally published in Speaking Tree.”