Since humanity developed a notion of the ethereal, of a place where people went after death or where gods dwelled, there have always been sacred sites that served as a gateway between here and there. Perhaps because the denizens of these places were so elusive, mankind has always associated holy sites with exclusivity. In every culture in the world there are places where only a select few were allowed to tread. These rare locations have cultivated an allure that stems in part from their mysterious origins and in part because they’re exquisitely beautiful. Here, for your consideration, are some of the world’s most fascinating places that you can’t actually visit.
1. North Sentinel Island
For more than 60,000 years, the Sentinelese people have occupied a small island in the Andaman Island chain in India. And they don’t want anything to do with you. Over the course of history, every single attempt to interact with the people of North Sentinel Island has been met with outright hostility. Even when aid workers attempted to help them in the wake of a tsunami, the islanders attempted to attack. As a result, India has forbidden anyone from sailing within three miles of the island.
2. The Tomb of Qin She Huang
The resting place of the world famous terra cotta warriors, the tomb of China’s first emperor was found in 1974. To date, though, the tomb’s greatest prize remains undisturbed for fear of a series of booby traps that may very well claim the lives of any who try to enter.