People generally do not like being told what they can and cannot do; however, knowing where you can and can’t travel is an essential part during your trip planning phase. These limitations and restrictions can help you avoid any cultural and/or legal problems that might arise from you simply taking a photograph of a place you cannot step into.
These restricted places are often some of the most amazing locations, with rich history and cultural connotations behind them.
7. Ise Grand Shrine, Japan
The Ise Grand Shrine has been made to honor Amaterasu, the sun goddess, who holds great importance in Japanese culture. While Ise Grand is a heavily guarded building, authorities do not allow civilians to even look at it. The only person allowed to enter the shrine is the chief priest of the shrine. The chief priest needs to be a member of the Imperial family to be granted this position.
6. Heard Island Volcano, Australia
Heard Island Volcano is a barren volcano located in the Antarctic Island of Australia. It is known as one of the most remote places on the planet. However, its remoteness is not the only problem, Heard Island Volcano has been found to be a dangerous place for even visitors as it has highly active volcano peaks, also, it takes two weeks to sail to civilization.
5. North Sentinel Island
Located in the Indian Ocean, the North Sentinel Island is off limits to outsiders because the people of the island prohibit any visitors. The people of the island (or the Sentinelese) are very hostile and kill outsiders upon sighting them. They have been cut off from the rest of the world for centuries and nothing is known about them.
4. Lascaux Caves, France
The Lascaux Caves are located in southwest France and they have some of the most intricate and prehistoric cave paintings in the world. The caves were sealed to the public by the UNESCO World Heritage Site as various visitors related variables were affecting the cave paintings.
3. Snake Island, Brazil
Snake Island, located on the Brazilian coastline, has been prohibited from being visited by the Brazilian government as it is home to the world’s deadliest snake, the Golden Lancehead Viper. This snake can eat through flesh and has a population of around 4,000 on the island.
2. Poveglia, Italy
This small island is known as one of the most haunted places on the planet. It is located near Venice, but people rarely go to visit because of the fact that Poveglia is the burial grounds for people who died with the plague or infectious diseases. The island was also home to a mental hospital, where the doctors did deranged experiments on patients.
1. Area 51, USA
Area 51 is one of the most famous places where civilians are not allowed to enter. It has been theorized to be home of many galactic discoveries, including aliens. Such conspiracy theories can be completely false. However, it is only known that Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, is a United States Air Force Base.
While these places may be home to plenty of history, culture, beauty and even conspiracy, there are reasons for them being closed to the public and this is probably for the best.