Limited Access only.From Brazil to the Vatican, from the Andamans to Atlanta, there are some places in the world the the common man may never be able to visit. Here’s a selection of such places from around the world.
Snake Island, Brazil
This small island off the coast of Brazil contains around 4,000 of the world deadliest snakes. It is the only home of the critically endangered, venomous Bothrops insularis (golden lancehead pit viper). Access is only available to the Brazilian Navy and selected researchers vetted by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, the Brazilian federal conservation unit.
Vatican Secret Archives, Rome
Buried within the walls of Vatican City, the archives house the history of the acts of the Holy See, along with historic documents, papal account books, etc. Items include letters from Michelangelo, King Henry VIII’s request for a marriage annulment. The archives are the official property of the Pope.
Isa Shrine, Japan
The shrine complex dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu-omikami, consists of two main shrines and about 125 secondary shrines. While the location of the shrine dates back to the third century, the standing structures have been dismantled and replaced every 20 years — most recently in 2013 — consistent with Shinto beliefs regarding death and renewal.
Coca-cola Vault, Georgia
The secret formula behind the Cola drink is one of the most tightly safeguarded secrets kept in the SunTrust Bank in Atlanta since 1925. To protect it, the company has an advanced store room that preserves the recipe. Only a small number of people really have knowledge of the concoction.
The North Sentinel Island, India
The island is known for its picturesque beaches. However, the native tribes are extremely hostile and violent toward any outsiders. They reject any contact with other people and have been even known to kill several intruders. No wonder the access to the island is strictly forbidden.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
It is a vast subterranean seed bank and storage facility on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, around 800 miles from the North Pole, built 400 ft into a mountainside. The facility now stores around 8,40,000 samples of 4,000 different species of seeds. The idea behind the seed bank is to provide a safety net against accidental loss diversity in the case of a major global or regional event.