The world may be our oyster but there are some places you will NEVER be allowed to see
The world is full of secret and exclusive places that we either don’t know about, or simply couldn’t visit if we wanted to.
Even those who know about most of these mystery places, don’t really realize what is going on in them.
Coca- Cola Vault
Pharmacist John S. Pemberton’s Coca-Cola formula, created in 1886, is regarded as one of the world’s most highly regarded trade secrets. In 2011, the Coca-Cola company moved its then 125-year-old recipe from its original vault at SunTrust Bank in downtown Atlanta to the World of Coca-Cola. Guests can visit the World of Coca-Cola after passing through a strict security checkpoint and can even see the Vault of the Secret Formula, but it’s just a teaser. The vault remains closely guarded.
A small island off the coast of Brazil that contains 4,000 of the world deadliest snakes.
Their venom MELTS human flesh.
It’s deemed so dangerous, the Brazilian government banned visitors.
Ilha de Queimada Grande, understandably nicknamed ‘Snake Island’, is a piece of land 4.6 million square feet (430,000 square meters) in size.
White Gentlemen’s Club
If you have read a Regency Romance, you have undoubtedly encountered White’s, the gentleman’s club on St. James’s Street in London. It’s where all our heroes and their friends went to discuss horses and women, make outrageous bets, and generally avoid the company of the fairer sex.
Established in 1693 by Francis White, the White’s Club is the most well known refined men’s club in Britain. Any man who might want to join must be welcomed by a member and get two more votes, if not from a royal family or a famous person.
- Membership costs 85,000 a year (I forgot if that was in pounds or dollars, but either way, it is a ridiculous sum).
- A coke costs twenty dollars.
- When an heir was born years and years ago, a footman was sent to put his name on waitlist at White’s before registering its birth.
- Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novels there…any coincidence that White’s is at the corner of St. James and Bond streets? Unlikely.
- Prince Charles is a member. In fact, it’s where he had his bachelor party before he married Diana. I wonder if Prince William belongs?
RAF Menwith Hill
RAF Menwith Hill is a Royal Air Force station near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England which provides communications and intelligence support services to the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The site contains an extensive satellite ground station and is a communications intercept and missile warning site and has been described as the largest electronic monitoring station in the world.
The giant white “golf balls” look out of place next to the rolling hills, stone fences and picturesque farms of the Yorkshire countryside.
RAF Menwith Hill is situated off the A59 Skipton Road, approximately nine miles west of Harrogate in North Yorkshire and occupies about one square mile of moorland.
They house satellite receivers and transmitters that help Menwith Hill’s workers fulfill the mission of providing “intelligence support for U.K., U.S. and allied interests,” according to the base website.
Moscow Metro 2 is the dark legend of Moscow. This mysterious underground installation have drawn attention of journalists, writers, and common folks for decades.
People tell about secret labs, giant rats, nuclear missiles and endless tunnels that span for hundreds of miles.
Some claim they’ve seen ghosts, giant rats, and even Joseph Stalin himself frozen in a special chamber deep underneath
Moscow Metro 2 was built during Stalin times and code named “D-6” by the Russian KGB. Its main purpose was to allow swift and hidden transportation as well as evacuation of Soviet leaders in the event of nuclear war.
The passage is supposed to join the Kremlin with the Federal Security Service base camp.
Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant
Situated in Ethopia, this sacred place is known to be the last resting spot of the Ark of the Covenant and also holds the Ten Commandments but the truth remains unseen.
The Ark of the Covenant at Axum cannot be seen by anyone but the High Priest of Axum, an elderly and especially holy monk who is charged with its care and preservation for life. He cannot leave the small yard that surrounds the chapel, and he is expected to name his successor on his deathbed. The present custodian with this privilege and burden is named Abba Tesfa Mariam.
November 14 1963. On this date, a cook aboard a trawler called Ísleifur II – sailing south of Iceland – spotted a column of dark smoke rising from the surface of the sea. The ship’s captain thought it be a boat on fire and turned his vessel to investigate. What they found was an island in the process of being born: explosive volcanic eruptions originating from below the sea surface, belching black columns of ash.
The new island was later named Surtsey, for Surtur, a fire jötunn (a mythological race of Norse giants).
The eruption continued for several years. After just a few days, the new island measured over 500 meters (1,640 feet) in length and had reached a height of 45 meters (147 feet).
And it continued to grow. By April of 1965, ash had blocked sea water from the crater area. Lava flows became prominent, forming a hard cap of solid rocks over the lower slopes of the new island. This prevented the waves from washing away the island.
The eruption ultimately lasted three-and-a-half years, ending in June 1967.
Surtsey is only the most famous, or one of the most famous, of the islands known to have emerged from below the sea surface in living memory.
An island in Iceland, this place is famous for volcanic eruptions that occurred for four continuous years from 1963 to 1967 and humans are not permitted here.
Jiangsu National Security Education Museum
Chinese spy museum exhibits guns disguised as lipstick, hollowed-out coins used to conceal documents and maps hidden as a deck of cards.
What you won’t find there, however, are foreigners.
A sign outside the Jiangsu National Security Education Museum in a park in the eastern city of Nanjing states that only Chinese citizens are allowed inside, a policy designed to keep the communist regime’s cloak and dagger methods secret — no matter how timeworn they may be.
According to the museum director only known to people as Ms Qian:
“We don’t want such sensitive spy information to be exposed to foreigners, so they are not allowed to enter,” she said.
“We have a range of documents and gadgets dating from 1927, when the Communist Party’s Central Committee espionage department was founded, to the 1980s.
“We were ordered by the National Security bureau of Jiangsu province not to let foreigners see it.”
No photography is allowed inside the museum either, she said.
It’s been accused of many things: international drug dealing, insurance fraud, counterfeiting U.S. dollars. The list of alleged international illicit activity by North Korea’s Office 39 is long and complex.
But one thing is for sure: It is involved in the acquisition of hard currency for Kim Jong Un and the DPRK’s ruling elite, and has employed a variety of schemes to raise these funds.
Office 39’s purpose, at least in principle, is the funding of North Korea’s “royal economy”: the money funding the luxurious lifestyles of Kim Jong Un and his inner circle. Or, as one source put it: “buying the Danish hams and the French cognac.”
Pine Gap is a secretive facility nearly 20km south-west of Alice Springs which has been there since 1970. Run by both Australia and the United States, its official name is the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, even though our government really hates to admit it exists.
“It is fair to say that Pine Gap has some fairly awesome capabilities when it comes to intelligence gathering,” said a former worker at Pine Gap, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak about his work.
Pine Gap is essentially a satellite tracking station, situated in the middle of nowhere because that makes it hard for other countries to intercept the signals emitted from within. It is thought that the US controls all of its spy satellites from Pine Gap, and that the US and Australia “listen to Asia” from the 14 antennae concealed beneath white domes at Pine Gap. Put it this way, those white dome like structures aren’t a cat boarding facility.
Bank of England Vaults
With £197 billion worth of gold stacked floor to ceiling, the Bank of England’s high security vault is one of the most valuable rooms on earth.
And just like Harry Potter’s vault 687 in Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the underground stash is brimming with hundreds of gold bars.
Located in London, England, this is one of the oldest national bank on the planet, and the vault is an enormous space housing unlimited gold. It is even bigger than the third tallest building of the city called Tower 42.
This town has population of 17,353 inhabitants according to the latest 2010 census. It is one of the most interesting towns of this type for sure.
Mezhgorye is a congested town in Russia which is supposed to house people operational on the highly secret Mount Yamantaw.
According to one recent account this whole city were huge construction projects begun in the late 1970s, when U.S. nuclear firepower took special aim at the Communist Party’s leadership complex.
As a closed town, Mezhgorye is administratively subordinated to the Russian federal government.
Vatican Secret Archive
Some believe it houses evidence of extraterrestrial life. Others, ancient texts that disprove the existence of Jesus. Perhaps dark truths that would discredit and destroy the Church?
A mistranslated Latin word may be responsible for the conspiracy theories about the Vatican Secret Archives. In fact, the actual contents can stand on their own without delving into the absurd.
A library consisting of ancient records of the church, the place remained totally shut to outsiders until 1881, when Pope Leo XIII opened it for few. Records include Henry VIII of England’s solicitation for a marriage cancellation and letters from Michelangelo.