Travel lovers know all the main attractions that popular tourist destinations offer. Anyone can visit these places to see for themselves. But there are other corners of the Earth: spots that, for one reason or another, are still prohibited for ordinary tourists.
We recently learned about some of these truly mysterious places. We would love to see those places for ourselves – wouldn’t you?!
Mysterious Places In The World
10. The Kofuns, Japan
These artificial islands are the ancient burial sites of members of the Japanese imperial family. On rare occasions, they can be visited by archaeologists, but only with the permission of the Imperial Court.
9. North Sentinel Island, India
The natives who live on the island will stop at nothing to protect their land from outsiders. Therefore, for the safety of tourists, the Indian authorities prohibit anyone from approaching the site.
8. Church of St. Mary of Zion, Ethiopia
A specially built chapel houses the church’s holiest treasure: the Ark of the Covenant. The keeper of the Ark, the only person who has access to the relic, is prohibited from leaving the church premises. Neither can he converse with outsiders.
7. British Telecom Tower, United Kingdom
Since an incident involving an explosion inside the tower, the revolving restaurant and observation deck has been closed to the public.
Occasionally, when BT Tower hosts charity events, a few hundred people still have the opportunity to see London from a different perspective.
6. Ise Grand Shrine, Japan
The territory of the most sacred shrine in Japan is only accessible to priests and members of the imperial family. Everyone else has to make do with admiring the roofs of the sanctuaries behind several rows of fences.
5. The Ghost Town Of Varosha, Cyprus
This resort, adjacent to the city of Famagusta, used to be the main tourist destination in Cyprus. But everything changed in July 1974, when, after a massive evacuation, the deserted city was invaded by Turkish troops.
Since then, Varosha has remained fenced off, forming part of the buffer zone patrolled by the Turkish army.
4. Sable Island, Canada
Located in the Atlantic, this floating sand island has a population of fewer than 30 people and is a veritable graveyard of sunken ships.
Due to its unique characteristics, Sable has declared a nature reserve. To visit, you must write a request to the Government of Canada, explaining the need for the trip.
3. Pionen Data Center, Sweden
Built-in Stockholm during the Cold War, this nuclear bunker was recently transformed into an ultra-modern office environment for a Swedish internet service provider.
Here, 30 meters deep and hidden behind doors five and a half meters thick doors, information belonging to many famous websites is stored.
2. Lascaux Cave, France
To preserve the unique prehistoric paintings in this cave, the entrance to Lascaux is now closed to tourists after 15 years of unrestricted access. You can visit an exact replica of the cave or take a virtual tour.
1. An Illusive Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius
When viewed from above, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean appears to be located near a fascinating underwater waterfall. However, this beautiful phenomenon is just an optical illusion created by a flow of sludge and sand deposits.