Since the explosion of web-based media over the last 10 years, conspiracy theories have become somewhat commonplace. They’re everywhere, many of them inducing uncontrollable eye-rolling upon first glance. As with most things internet, they’re involved in the bloody battle for clicks moreso than anything else, which makes them inherently hard to trust.
Yet equally absurd is the idea that there’s no conspiracies — or attempts at conspiracies — happening at all. No hidden truths, no secret agendas, nothing being kept from us by governmental bodies or the corporate states at their centre. Everyone is totally above-board with everything. Truth is told and best practices are always adhered to.
While not all of these are outright conspiracies, here are 8 mysterious places around the world that we’re not allowed to visit.
The Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia is home to a completely “closed administrative-territorial formation”, as it’s formally known. It is a city with approximately 18 000 residents into which no one can travel without proper clearance. Little is known about what goes on there.
2. Bohemian Grove
One of the most exclusive mens clubs in the world, Bohemian Grove is most famous for giving birth to the Manhattan Project, which in turn led to the creation of the first atomic bomb. Many of the worlds top power brokers from every industry still gather there, at 20601 Bohemian Avenue, in Monte Rio, California, every year. The secrecy, symbolism and rituals of the group have been controversial since its inception.
3. Pine Gap
Pine Gap is a tracking station in Alice Springs, Australia, set up to monitor the United States’ spy satellites, its remote location chosen due to its imperceptibility to rival spy ships in international waters. It employs over 800 people and has been subject to numerous public controversies over the years. In 2013, Edward Snowden exposed its involvement in the PRISM surveillance program as well.
4. Jiangsu National Security Education Museum
Built in 2009, this Chinese Spy Museum is banned to all foreigners. Cited as containing too much “sensitive information”, the museum is instead only open to national residents and all photography is banned. Which makes us wonder how we got this picture.
5. Svalbard Global Seed Vault
About 13000 kilometres from the north pole sits the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. Holding $45 million dollars worth of preserves, it is apparently the mother of all seed banks, set to protect against the loss of seeds in other gene banks around the world in the event of a global crisis. No doubt we’re not allowed in.
Way back in 421 A.D., a small island in the Venetian Lagoon of Northern Italy became home to a number of refugees escaping the barbarian raids of the neighbouring Padua and Este. Since then it has been a number of things, including a check-point for the Public Health Office, a quarantine (black plague) and one giant mental institution. It has also been totally abandoned twice — once in the 14th and 15th centuries, and currently since 1968. The Italian government is presently looking to lease it in the hopes that a monied investor will turn it into a luxury resort. Yup, sounds reaaaal relaxing.
Apparently, back when Stalin was in power over in Russia, he commissioned the creation of a secret underground metro system in Moscow so large that it is rumoured to dwarf the city’s current subway system. It was apparently built to “connect the Kremlin with the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters, the government airport at Vnukovo-2, and an underground town at Ramenki, in addition to other locations of national importance.” (wikipedia) True to form, Moscow officials still won’t confirm or deny its existence.
And, of course, there’s the mother of them all. Alien autopsies, UFO crash-landings, top secret technologies (this is the official claim) and underground bases, Area 51 remains off-limits to everyone and steeped in controversy. It really is a mystery. Try as you might, any dependable information on it remains minimal and vague at best.
As an added bonus, here’s a video from the website Boggling Facts, featuring a number of other places you’ll most likely never see in person! Enjoy.