Top 10 Places You Can’t Go To
The world is full of secret and exclusive places that we either don’t know about,
or simply cannot visit if we wanted to.
This list takes a look at ten of the most significant places around the world
that are closed to the general public or are virtually impossible
for the general public to visit.
Mezhgorye is a closed town in Russia
which is believed to house people
working on the highly secret Mount Yamantaw.
The town was founded in 1979.
Mount Yamantaw stands at 1,640 metres (5,381 ft) and is the highest mountain in the southern Urals. Along with Kosvinsky Mountain (600 km to the north), it is suspected by the United States of being a large secret nuclear facility and/or bunker.
Large excavation projects have been observed
by U.S. satellite imagery as recently as the late 1990s,
during the time of Boris Yeltsin’s pro-Western government
after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Two garrisons, Beloretsk-15 and Beloretsk-16,
were built on top of the facility.
Repeated U.S. questions have yielded several different responses
from the Russian government regarding Mount Yamantaw.
They have said it is a mining site, a repository for Russian treasures,
a food storage area, and a bunker for leaders
in case of nuclear war.
#9. Vatican Secret Archives
The archives are not secret despite their names.
You can view any document you wish.
But you cannot enter the archive.
You must submit your request for a document
and it will be supplied to you.
Despite the foolishness of the recent junk
from Ron Howard and Dan Brown,
the documents are all available and there are no copies
of suppressed scientific theories or great works that were banned.
The only documents you can’t access are those which are not yet 75 years old
(in order to protect diplomatic and governmental information).
Indexes are available for people who want to see
if a document exists in the archives.
The Vatican Secret Archives have been estimated
to contain 52 miles (84 km) of shelving,
and there are 35,000 volumes in the selective catalogue alone.
#8. Club 33
Contrary to popular belief, Disneyland has a full liquor license
which is used when the place closes down to the general public
to accommodate private parties.
But there is one place in Disneyland
that is always open to sell booze: Club 33.
Club 33 is a private club located in the heart
of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland.
Officially maintained as a secret feature of the theme park,
the entrance of the club is located
next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at 33 Royal Street
with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate
with the number 33 engraved on it.
Fees for joining range from US$10,000 – US$30,000
and membership comes with a car park.
If you want to join the club, you have to go to the end
of the 14-year waiting list.
#7. Moscow Metro-2
Metro-2 in Moscow, Russia is a purported secret underground metro system
which parallels the public Moscow Metro.
The system was built supposedly during (or from) the time of Stalin
and codenamed D-6 by the KGB.
Russian journalists have reported that the existence of Metro-2
is neither confirmed nor denied
by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB)
or the Moscow Metro administration.
The length of Metro-2 is rumored to exceed
even that of the public Metro.
It is said to have 4 lines and lie 50 to 200 m deep.
It is said to connect the Kremlin
with the FSB headquarters, the government airport at Vnukovo-2,
and an underground town at Ramenki,
and other locations of national importance.
Needless to say, the fact that no one confirms its existence
makes it pretty difficult to visit.
#6. White Gentlemen’s Club
White Gentlemen’s Club
White’s is the most exclusive English gentlemen’s club.
It was founded in 1693 by Italian Francesco Bianco (Francis White)
to sell the newly discovered hot chocolate,
but eventually became a typical (but extremely private) gentlemen’s club.
The club is famous for its “betting book” in which members
make bizarre gambles.
The most famous of which is a 3,000 pound bet
on which of two raindrops
would slide down the window first.
So why is this club on the list?
Women are excluded completely from membership,
so that is half our audience out.
Secondly, men who want to join this exclusive club
can only do so if invited by a sitting member
who has the support of two other members.
Unless you are a member of royalty, or are extremely powerful in politics or the arts,
you are unlikely to ever see the exclusive White’s invitation.
#5. Area 51
I have put this so high on the list because it is the one place most readers are likely to expect to see.
Area 51 is a nickname for a military base that is located in the southern portion of Nevada
in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas.
Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large secretive military airfield.
The base’s primary purpose is to support development and testing
of experimental aircraft and weapons systems.
The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which the U.S. government
barely acknowledges, has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories
and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore.
The sign above states that deadly force can be used if people enter the Area 51 zone.
#4. Room 39
It is unknown how the name originated.
Room 39 or Bureau 39 is arguably one of the most secretive organizations in North Korea
that seeks ways to obtain foreign currency for Kim Jong-il,
North Korea’s Chairman of the National Defense Commission.
Room 39 was established in the late 1970s.
It has been described as the lynchpin of the North’s so-called “court economy”
centered on the dynastic Kim family.
Very little is known about Room 39 due to the secretive nature surrounding the organization,
but it is widely speculated that the organization uses 10 to 20 bank accounts in China and Switzerland
for the purposes of counterfeiting, money laundering, and other illicit transactions.
It is also alleged that Room 39 is involved in drug smuggling and illicit weapon sales.
It is known, however, that the organization has 120 foreign trade companies
under its jurisdiction and is under the direct control of Kim Jong-il.
North Korea has denied taking part in any illegal activities.
Room 39 is believed to be located inside a ruling Workers’ Party building in Pyongyang,
the capital city of North Korea.
#3. Ise Grand Shrine
Ishe Grand Shrine
The Ise Grand Shrine in Japan, 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 B.C.
The main shrine is alleged to hold the most important item in Japan’s imperial history: the Naik?
(the mirror from Japanese mythology which eventually ended up in the hands of the first emperors).
The shrine is demolished and rebuilt every 20 years in keeping with the Shinto idea of death and rebirth
(the last rebuilding was in 2013). This ranks very high on the list of places you will never go
because the only person who can enter is the priest or priestess
and he 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.
#2. Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center
Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center
This is a place that is not only closed to the public,
but it is a place that the public hope to never have to enter!
In most “end of the world” films we see these days, there is always a highly classified area
where US government officials and a chosen few get to go in the hopes
that they can escape the impending doom.
The Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center is the real thing.
It was set up in the 1950s due to the cold war but continues to operate today.
It is a “last hope” area. For obvious reasons its operations are highly classified.
It is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The center is already functioning and even in small local disasters in the US,
much of the telecommunications traffic is routed through it.
#1. RAF Menwith Hill
RAF Menwith Hill
RAF Menwith Hill is a British military base with connections to the global ECHELON spy network.
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 site acts as a ground station for a number of satellites operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office,
on behalf of the US National Security Agency, with antennae contained in a large number
of highly distinctive white radomes, and is alleged to be an element of the ECHELON system.
ECHELON was reportedly created to monitor the military and diplomatic communications
of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies during the Cold War in the early 1960s,
but since the end of the Cold War it is believed to search also for hints of terrorist plots,
drug dealers’ plans, and political and diplomatic intelligence.
It has also been involved in reports of commercial espionage
and is believed to filter all telephone and radio communications in the nations
which host it – an extreme violation of privacy.