There's nothing more intriguing than a forbidden place. The fact that you are not allowed to go somewhere makes you want to visit it even more. Well, if that's your kind of thing, prepare for a joyful ride as we discuss the world's most mysterious and forbidden places, many of which are impossible to visit. In this list, compiled by Bored Panda, we discover everything from secret societies to islands where you'll end up killed if you decide to go. These are places that are like magnets for the curious of mind, you probably shouldn't try to go, but you definitely should want to! Because there's nothing more interesting than the unknown.

Scroll down to learn more, and if you know other interesting places we're not allowed to visit, make sure you tell us in the comments!

#1 Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

Deep inside the Arctic circle, on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Global Seed vault is hidden deep inside a mountain. It is sometimes called 'The Doomsday Vault”, because even in the worst scenario of a disaster to mankind it would preserve the diversity of the world's food crops and restore the plant kingdom. It was built to last around 200 years and withstand earthquakes and explosions. It... Read More

Deep inside the Arctic circle, on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Global Seed vault is hidden deep inside a mountain. It is sometimes called 'The Doomsday Vault”, because even in the worst scenario of a disaster to mankind it would preserve the diversity of the world's food crops and restore the plant kingdom. It was built to last around 200 years and withstand earthquakes and explosions. It was placed on the side of a mountain so even if all the ice on earth melts, it will still be above sea level. The vault contains 100 million seeds, a complete ‘backup’ of Earth's food-crop seed at the present time.

Policy is invalid here – even North Korea has frozen its seeds there. The first withdrawal from the vault was recently made by Syria in order to recreate an International Research Centre in Aleppo which was lost to war. It was used to store the genetic material of crops. Today these lost stores have become of vital importance in war-torn and drought-affected Syria.

Make sure you check our article to learn more about the Global Seed Vault!

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Aahzmandus Pervect 4 months ago

What is terrifying about Svalbard Global Seed Vault?

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#2 North Sentinel Island, India

North Sentinel Island, India

North Sentinel Island is a home to the Sentinelese, which is one of a few tribes in the world that have zero contact with modern civilization. It is believed that the tribe survives by hunting, fishing, and collecting wild plants, but there are no signs of agriculture or fire. The first successful expedition was in 1967, lead by T.N. Pandit. Despite that, to this day the tribe refuses to... Read More

North Sentinel Island is a home to the Sentinelese, which is one of a few tribes in the world that have zero contact with modern civilization. It is believed that the tribe survives by hunting, fishing, and collecting wild plants, but there are no signs of agriculture or fire. The first successful expedition was in 1967, lead by T.N. Pandit. Despite that, to this day the tribe refuses to have any contact with the modern world, as they violently drive away anyone who tries to enter their premises. In 2006 the tribe killed two fishermen who accidentally entered their territory but no attempt was made by the Indian government to prosecute the murders. Now, it is strictly forbidden to enter this island, and entering it may result in death.

Make sure you check our article about this island to find out more!

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Trine-Kristiane Lander Ahlgren 4 months ago

Well, let them be. No need for modern humans to destroy their way of living.

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#3 Ploutonion At Hierapolis Or Pluto’s Gate, Turkey

Ploutonion At Hierapolis Or Pluto’s Gate, Turkey

Located in the ancient city of Hierapolis (Turkey), it was once a site dedicated to the Roman god of death, Pluto. Ancient historian Strabo visited the place and said that “Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell”. After discovery in 1965, Pluto’s Gate’s dangers were proven to be more than just a myth. Scientists measured the CO2... Read More

Located in the ancient city of Hierapolis (Turkey), it was once a site dedicated to the Roman god of death, Pluto. Ancient historian Strabo visited the place and said that “Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell”. After discovery in 1965, Pluto’s Gate’s dangers were proven to be more than just a myth. Scientists measured the CO2 concentration and discovered that while during the day the sun dissipates the gas, at night, when the temperature drops and CO2 becomes heavier than air, it pools at the bottom forming a deadly “lake”. At dawn, the CO2 concentration 40 centimeters above the arena floor reaches 35%, which is enough to kill animals and even people within minutes. Luckily, the concentration drops significantly with height, so standing by the “gates” would only pose a threat to smaller animals.

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Paige Honey 4 months ago

Strabo - this bitch deadly YEET

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#4 The Catacombs, Paris

The Catacombs, Paris

One of the best known mysterious and scary places from all around the world are the Catacombs of Paris. What was first built as a tunnel network to consolidate Paris’ stone mines became a storage for 6 million dead bodies at the end of XVIIIth century. Even though a very small part of these tunnels is open to the public, where you can see thousands of bones... Read More

One of the best known mysterious and scary places from all around the world are the Catacombs of Paris. What was first built as a tunnel network to consolidate Paris’ stone mines became a storage for 6 million dead bodies at the end of XVIIIth century. Even though a very small part of these tunnels is open to the public, where you can see thousands of bones and skulls stacked together, 99% of the 170-mile long maze is forbidden to enter because getting lost there is almost a guarantee. Yet that does not stop people and mysterious secret society members from finding their ways into these places and making trouble for the special Catacomb Police Force, the Cataflics.

Make sure to check our article to learn more about the Catacombs.

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Caroline Espenschied 4 months ago

"Cataflics" has to be a nickname, because "flics" is a familiar word for policemen, just like "cops". No french police service has enough humour to officially name a service like this ! :-)

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#5 Poveglia Island, Italy

Poveglia Island, Italy

Poveglia is an island known as one of the most mysterious and creepy places in the world. It all started during the Roman Empire when the island was used to home victims of the plague. Later, during the medieval era, when the plague returned, the island once again became a home to thousands of deadly sick people. A terrible amount of people were dumped into the ground, buried in the same... Read More

Poveglia is an island known as one of the most mysterious and creepy places in the world. It all started during the Roman Empire when the island was used to home victims of the plague. Later, during the medieval era, when the plague returned, the island once again became a home to thousands of deadly sick people. A terrible amount of people were dumped into the ground, buried in the same graves and even burned. People say that the land became so affected by the burned and rotten human corpses, its soil is now 50% composed of human ash. Then, back in 1922, they opened a mental hospital here. It is safe to say that it did not affect the patients in a positive way, since the island already had a truly creepy vibe to it. Now, you can still find washed up human bones on the island’s shore due to the horrific amount of humans killed there. With many people saying this place is haunted, no wonder this island is illegal to visit, and we’re not sure anyone would want to go there.

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Susan Forbes 4 months ago

And yet, someone did go there as shown by the boat

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#6 Mausoleum Of The First Qin Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, China

Mausoleum Of The First Qin Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, China

Located in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi (China), Qin Shi Huang’s tomb is a place where entry is forbidden. Even though discovered when the Terracotta army was unearthed in 1974, the tomb hasn’t been excavated yet. Opponents of excavation believe that current technology couldn’t preserve anything that the tomb holds, therefore access to it is forbidden.

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Azure Adams 4 months ago

This one would be way awesome to see though

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#7 Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

1986 is the year of the tragic nuclear accident now known as the Chernobyl disaster. Due to high radiation levels, every local was ordered to immediately leave the premises and the territory quickly became abandoned. Now, you can still find abandoned shoes, toys and other possessions left behind because of the rapid evacuation. Even though there are excursions that allow you to check some parts of the town, there is a... Read More

1986 is the year of the tragic nuclear accident now known as the Chernobyl disaster. Due to high radiation levels, every local was ordered to immediately leave the premises and the territory quickly became abandoned. Now, you can still find abandoned shoes, toys and other possessions left behind because of the rapid evacuation. Even though there are excursions that allow you to check some parts of the town, there is a 19 mile zone, also known as Chernobyl Exclusion Zone or The Zone. This territory is strictly forbidden for any access as it will result in radioactive contamination.

Make sure to check our article about Chernobyl and how it looks 32 years after the tragedy.

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Zenozenobee 4 months ago

Paradoxically it became a paradise for wildlife: elks, boars, deers or wolves prosper without humans around them

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#8 Ilha Da Queimada Grande (Snake Island), Atlantic Ocean

Ilha Da Queimada Grande (Snake Island), Atlantic Ocean

Ilha da Queimada Grande island is located off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the only home to now critically endangered venomous golden lancehead pit viper. The island is closed to the public in order to protect this snake population as well as protect the visitors, as by some estimates there is one snake to every square meter of the island.

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LRevello 4 months ago

Welcome to the Island of Nope

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#9 Surtsey, An Island In Iceland

Surtsey, An Island In Iceland

Surtsey is a piece of land that formed in 1963, after a huge volcanic eruption that lasted for 3 years. Now, the land is only used for scientific research. The main focus of the work is to better understand how an ecosystem forms without any human impact. There are only a couple of scientists that are allowed on the island’s premises, making it one of a few forbidden... Read More

Surtsey is a piece of land that formed in 1963, after a huge volcanic eruption that lasted for 3 years. Now, the land is only used for scientific research. The main focus of the work is to better understand how an ecosystem forms without any human impact. There are only a couple of scientists that are allowed on the island’s premises, making it one of a few forbidden places on earth. One of the main rules for scientists is not to bring any seeds with you. Well, someone did not pay close enough attention to this rule and pooped on some lava. After that, a tomato plant sprouted up on the island leaving the scientists truly mystified. After they realized the origin of the plant it was immediately destroyed, as it would disturb their scientific research.

Make sure you check our article about this island to find out more interesting information!

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Aahzmandus Pervect 4 months ago

Nothing terrifying about Surtsey.

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#10 Area 51, USA

Area 51, USA

Area 51 is a U.S. military installation that is located 100 miles north of Las Vegas. It is considered to be one of the most mysterious places in the world since the U.S. government denied its existence until just 2013. Now, it is mostly known for its many UFO conspiracy theories. The area is mainly used by CIA and the U.S. Air Force as a testing territory because... Read More

Area 51 is a U.S. military installation that is located 100 miles north of Las Vegas. It is considered to be one of the most mysterious places in the world since the U.S. government denied its existence until just 2013. Now, it is mostly known for its many UFO conspiracy theories. The area is mainly used by CIA and the U.S. Air Force as a testing territory because of its remote location. Despite it being a military installation, many people believe that it might be the place where scientists research a crashed alien spacecraft. Many conspiracy theory enthusiasts visit the nearby territory to Area 51, yet entrance is completely prohibited.

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Nina Flintegaard 4 months ago

Area 51 is so hyped! All the aliens are kept in area 49. No-one ever visits anyways 😂

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