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If we take into consideration the staggering rates of global expansion and technology development, it’s almost impossible to imagine that there is even a sliver of this planet that remains undiscovered or unexplored.

But the truth is that there are some places in this big wide world that you will never see, because they are dangerous, forbidden, protected, or secretive. Let’s see such 5 forbidden places.

1. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

This is actually a facility set to save humanity, if needed. It’s located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen and it holds a series of vault houses that contain a global supply of different seeds, in the case of a catastrophic disaster impacting the Earth.

But if you are not a researcher or a scientist, you are not allowed anywhere near it.

2. Lascaux Caves, France

Here we can find the most celebrated examples of Palaeolithic painting. The artwork, which primarily depicts large animals, is probably more than 17,500 years old. The caves were open to the public in the past, but are currently closed because the humidity, carbon dioxide, and other contaminants that visitors produced started to damage the wall art.

3. Ilha da Queimada Grande, Brazil

This lovely and exotic island has the nickname of Snake Island, because here can be found one of the deadliest snakes in the world. There are no human residents on this island, only thousands of golden lancehead pit vipers. This is why the government has banned any visits to this Brazilian island.

4. Area 51, Nevada, USA

Everyone knows about the famous Area 51, which is a secret military base in southern Nevada. Before 2013 the base wasn’t even confirmed to exist, until CIA released some documents to officially acknowledge it. But still nobody has any idea about what happens in this facility.

5. Mezhgorye, Russia

Similar to the Area 51 aforementioned, Mezhgorye is a closed, mysterious town in the Republic of Bashkortostan, in Russia. No one knows exactly what the purpose of this town is. The Russian government has given different inconclusive answers over the years regarding its purpose, ranging from food storage to being a repository of national treasures, to a coal warehouse.

So, these are 5 mysterious and beautiful destinations, that sadly we will never get to visit.

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