11 Places that are Prohibited to Public


This is 2022 and the world is connected and open for everyone. But not everything is accessible to public. Though we thought that we could travel anywhere in the world there are some places that public is not supposed to enter. Of course there are many places in every country that do not give access to public over various reasons. Mostly security. For an example an army base is prohibited to public. But every denied place has its own reasonable fact. Which is either the safety for the place or for the safety of the public.

Let’s see what are those places and why public is prohibited from visiting them.

01. Lascaux Caves in France

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Lascaux is a network of caves located near Montignac in France. It was discovered in in 1940 by an accident, when the dog of the 18 year old Marcel Ravidat fell into one of the caves. The complete set of caves were unearthed, after further discoveries done by the archaeologists and historians. There are over 600 of wall paintings were found in the ceilings and on the walls. Which are estimated to be 17,000 years old. The cave was opened to public by the 1948. But soon the caves were marked as off limits to the public due to the damage caused to the paintings by increased CO2, humidity and other contaminants. In 1963 the cave was closed to the public in order to protect the paintings. But several copies of the paintings were made later which were named as Lascaux I, II and III. They are displayed around the world in several occasions for the public. However up to this date the original caves remain shut for the tourists.

02. North Sentinel Islands in Indian Ocean

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Located in the Indian ocean west to the south Andaman and Nicobar islands, North Sentinel island is one of the destination that is not open for tourism. It is illegal to get closer to the island more than 9.26km let alone enter the island. The island is inhabited by Sentinelese, an indigenous people who live in isolation voluntary. They have often defended their state of isolation, most of the time by force. They have not met anyone from the outside world in a very long time. Therefore Indian government does not want anyone from the outside world to enter in order to prevent any virus or bacteria, which Sentinelese do not have any immune to. Though they are under the Indian government, the rules does not apply to the Sentinelese. For an example the government does not prosecute any Sentinelese for killing people.

03. Surtsey Island in Iceland

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Surtsey is an island located south to the Iceland. It is a volcanic island formed after a volcanic eruption which began 130m (475ft) below the sea level. The eruption reached the surface in 1963 creating a new island. It is like the beginning of the earth. Therefore scientists like volcanologists, botanists and biologists very carefully studied the island while it was formed. Even now no visitors allowed to this newly made island, since scientist want to study how the life will be introduced to the island. All visitors much check their bodies and luggage for uninvited seeds that might effect the ongoing researches.

04. North Brother Island in NY, USA

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The north brother island is located in the East river between Bronx and Rickers island in New York. The island has an area of 20 acres. For a so long the island was not inhabitant. Then in in the 1880s the Riverside Hospital, which was founded for diseases, which needed patients to be quarantined,  was moved to the North brother island. By the 1930s the hospital was no longer needed. After the World War II the war veterans moved to the island for a short time then again it was abandoned until 1950. A rehabilitation center for drug addicts was opened in the island until it was closed in 1963 due to corruption. Until 2007 the island was privately owned and later was purchased by the federal government. Today the island is marked closed to the public and act as a sanctuary for the birds. Though most of the original buildings still stands most of them are in bad condition.

05. Ise Grand Shrine in Japan

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Located in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan, Ise grand shrine or Ise Jingu is devoted to the sun goddess Amterasu. It is a complex of more than 100 shrines combined that are made out of solid cypress wood without using a single nail to build them. The legend says that the shrine houses the sacred mirror Yata no Kagami. But since no one is allowed inside the shrine no one is able to confirm the fact. Although tourists are not allowed in the main shrine they can roam around the nearby woods. The shrine has a history of 2000 years which tells how the single place of worship became a complex of shrines over the years.

06. Heard Island in Australia

Heard and McDonalds islands are located in the external territory of Australia closed to Antarctica. Although it is one of the Australian island Heard and McDonald islands are one of the most remote islands in the world. If you could search in a map you can find them in the far south to the Australia. The islands were recognized in mid 1850s. Later there were about 200 sealers had been living in the island for sometime but today only a handful of scientists go to the island but only for research purposes. The island is mostly barren and the only natural resource is fish.

07. Snake Island in Brazil

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Ilha da Queimada Grande is an island off the coast of Brazil located in the Antarctic ocean. The island is famous for the critically endangered and most poisonous snakes hence the name. After the ice age the snakes in the island were trapped because of the rising ocean between Brazil and the island. Over the years snake population has increased and adopted to the closed environment. The island is closed for visitors to protect both visitors and the snakes. there are so many snakes that it is estimated that there are a snake in every square meter. Because of the limited resources the competition for food is high. So imagine if you have to land on an island where there are thousands of hungry snakes.

08. Tomb of Qin Shi Huang in China

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Located in the  Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province of China, tomb of the Qin Shi Huang is 76m tall. It was construction of the tomb was started as soon as emperor was ascended to the throne. For 38 years the construction kept going between 246 to 208 BC. the specialty of the tomb is that there are over 8000 sculptures which represent the army of the emperor Qin Shi Huang. The army soldiers that were made out of terracotta, were put around the tomb to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The tomb has not yet been fully excavated. Since the technology could not protect the painted outer layer of the terracotta army after it was unearthed, the Chinese government has been postponing further excavation to avoid possible damages after disclosing the tomb to the outside.

09. Pravcicka Brana in Czech Republic

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Located in the Czech republic Pravcicka Brana is the largest natural sandstone in Europe. It is a unique narrow rock formation which has With a span of 26.5m, an inside height of 16m, 8m maximum width and 3m arch. It was one of the most famous place but due to massive erosion the arch was closed to public since 1982. The rock was filmed in the 2005 fantasy movie The Chronicles of Narnia : The lion, the witch and the Wardrobe. Since the the access to the rock is prohibited, the actors were filmed in a studio and included them digitally.

10. Niihau Island in USA

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Niihau is the westernmost seventh largest inhabited island in Hawaii which has an area of 69.5 square miles (180 km2). Scottish planter Elizabeth Sinclair had purchased the island for $10,000 in 1864. Later it was passed down to her descendants the Robinsons. Since it is forbidden to the outsiders the island is also known as the Forbidden Isle. the island suffers from long periods of droughts. There is a small US navy installation within the island. By the 2010 there were about 170 people were living who speaks the Niihau dialect of Hawaiian. It was one of the conditions when the island was sold off to the Sinclair that the culture should not be replaced including the language and other traditions. Residents would often travel for nearby island Kaua’i for work, school and medical support. During the drought the island is temporary vacated until the rain fall.

11. Bhangargh Fort in India

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Located in the Rajasthan, India Bhangargh fort was built by Bhagwant Das for his brother during the 1573. Unlike other places not all tourists are prohibited to visit. Visitors are allowed during the day time but in night no one is allowed, which is sad because a night among the ruins makes a perfect getaway. According to local folklore there are many legends around the fort. Some believes that there are ghosts lurking around the fort at the night. So locals do not want any outsiders to enter due to these reasons but the Indian government ban tourists due to the lurking wildlife. Situated next to the Sariska tiger reserve, the fort is extremely closer to the wildlife. So we cannot certify that there are no uninvited visitors except the people in middle of the night. Therefore either to keep safe from tigers or ghosts tourists are not allowed to enter during the night time.

I hope you have read the article and have understood that why these places are off limits to public. It is sad that we do not get to experience these unique moments but all the restrictions are made there for the safety of the both visitor and the place. So some of these places may stay as a mystery forever. But we are happy that it is there safely without any interference of the outside world.

Thank you once again for reading ❤

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