Secretive things have been going on behind locked doors for thousands of years. In response, humans developed an interest for anything that’s hidden from sight. Here are ten places that for some reason, you cant or needn’t visit.
Club 33, Disneylandy
There’s secret and exclusive club right in the middle of New Orleans Square in Disneyland. You can actually visit this place, if you feel like joining the 14 year waiting list. Then there’s the small matter of paying the $27,000 initiation fee and $11,000 annual expense.
An all-male club located in the Bohemian Grove, a 2,700 acre property in Monte Rio, California. In order to join you have to be a wealthy man or a man of power. Artists (musicians in particular) can become associate members and throughout the club’s 143-year history there have been only 4 honorary female members.
It has a 15 year waiting list and the club motto is “Weaving spiders come not here.”
If you’re in the mood to visit one of the world’s most famous prehistoric cave art gallery, you’re out of luck. The cave complex features around 2,000 figures, the oldest of which are estimated to be over 17,000 years old. Unfortunately, the priceless artwork is under attack from black mold and scientists are doing their best to keep it at bay.
Only a few chosen people are allowed inside the caves and only for a few days each month.
Vatican Secret Archives
With an estimated 50 miles of shelving, the Archives are one of humanity’s richest knowledge repositories. You can actually view any document that’s older than 75 years. Even if we can say goodbye to the ‘secret’ part, there’s little chance of us setting foot inside the Vatican Archives.
The oldest and poshest gentleman’s club in London started life in 1692 as a hot chocolate emporium. A notorious gambling house throughout most of its existence, it was the place where Lord Alvanley bet a friend £3,000 (£100,000 today) on a raindrop race taking place on a window pane. The outcome was never made public.
You can only join if you’re royalty or influential.
One of the youngest environments on Earth, this island surfaced in 1963, following a volcanic eruption off the southern coast of Iceland.
Named after a fire jötunn (giant) from Norse mythology and with a surface area of only half a square mile, the island has provided scientists with valuable information about the mechanisms through which life colonizes new areas. In order to get ‘clean’ results, human access is strictly prohibited. The only constructions are a weather station and a hut where researchers bunk down.
Tomb of the First Qin Emperor
Home of the world famous Terracotta Army, this mausoleum was built in the second half of the third century BC and has been a World Heritage Site since 1987.
Chinese authorities decided that it would be a sacrilege to excavate the tomb itself and so Emperor Qin Shi Huang remains undisturbed.
Bank of England Vault
Below the streets of London lies the Bank of England vault. With a surface of almost 10 acres, the vault houses the United Kingdom’s official gold reserves. Many other countries have opted for storing their precious metal here, resulting in a 4,600 ton hoard valued at over £150 billion.
In order to open the vault, employees use several keys, each one measuring 3 feet in length.
RAF Menwith Hill
Located near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, this British military base is considered the world’s largest electronic monitoring station.
Its distinctive white radomes house a large array of antennae in permanent communication with multiple satellites. Menwith Hill was built in 1958 in order to eavesdrop on Soviet communications and it’s been rumored that the base is a vital part of the ECHELON interception system.
Since 1966, the U.S. operation of the site has been carried by the National Security Agency (NSA).
We don’t know an awful lot about what goes on in North Korea and Room 39 is the best example. Located inside a Worker’s Party building in Pyongyang, this highly secretive organization is thought to be responsible for obtaining a constant stream of foreign currency for Kim Jong-un.
Established in the 1970s, the institution has had a longtime involvement in a number of illegal activities, from international insurance fraud, to the synthesis of hard drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin. Sources claim that Room 39 is one of the major players in the market of counterfeit currency and responsible for the emergence of the superdollar, a high quality counterfeit $100 bill that even experts have a hard time spotting.
That would explain the 5 billion dollars in Swiss and Chinese bank accounts.
It is widely believed that without Room 39, Kim wouldn’t be able to buy political support or fund North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
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