The Earth as we know it is a big and beautiful place to be, however, have you ever wondered why some of the most secure locations on Earth are also some of the most mysterious places on Earth? Why are these places being kept hidden from us? Is it because we don’t deserve to know the truth or because the truth will induce panic among us? Whether they’re supposedly concealing the existence of aliens at Area 51, protecting the President at the White House or setting up a fail-safe in case of a global catastrophe at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, there are many locations that can be considered the safest and the most heavily guarded places in the world. Here, we are listing 12 of the most secured spots on the planet.
1. Vatican Secret Archives
Despite the church’s attempt at openness, critics say the contents aren’t accessible enough since only qualified clergy and academics are allowed inside the facility. Even those who are granted entry cannot view items without advanced approval. It was not until 1881 that Pope Leo XIII allowed researchers to view some of the archive’s contents. Journalists, students and amateur historians are not given access. Any interested party has to prove that he or she is a serious enough scholar.
Thus, the skeptics remain, with theories ranging from the cavern hiding gospels that contradict the Bible, to it housing the earliest known collection of pornography and holding plans to control the world. Whatever it might be, we may never know.
2. Fort Knox
Fort Knox, a United States Army post in Kentucky, is home to the US Bullion Depository. It is used to house a large portion of the United States’ official gold reserves. It is also said to house important historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta. Even if someone manages to get through the solid granite wall perimeter and the squadrons of machine-gun wielding guards and armed military, they still have to go through a 22-ton vault blast door held shut by a lock so intricate that it requires a 10 person team to unlock.
3. Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is one of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks of the United States. Below the streets of Manhattan sits a vault so impenetrable that it’s entrusted with more U.S. gold bullion than the famous Fort Knox. The security is so tight that humans aren’t allowed to enter the vault; instead, pallets are moved around by a team of robots. The bank’s security systems are so trusted that it has earned massive trust among foreign governments. It that’s not enough, a Jason Bourne level protection force watch and secure the perimeter. Their shooting range scores are so good that not even the best marksmen stand a chance.
4. Tumen River
The Tumen River, also known as the Tuman or Duman River, is a 521-kilometer (324 mi) long river that makes up part of the boundary between Russia and North Korea. Within a mile, you can go from North Korea, through China and end up in Russia; which makes this a good place for those wishing to defect. Since North Korea is an oppressive country who stops its citizens from defecting to any neighboring countries, the river is generally well guarded by North Korean soldiers.
5. Bold Lane Car Park, Derby, UK
The Bold Lane multi-story, with spaces for 440 cars, has not seen one theft or case of vandalism since its creation. The car park was designed by Ken Wigley, an agricultural engineer, who began working on the design after his car window was smashed and stereo stolen while parked in an airport car park. It was built in the 1970’s but developed a reputation for crime and drug abuse by the 1990’s.
In response to this, local security agencies decided to rebrand Bold Lane as a state of the art car park. In order to get in and out, barcoded tickets are required. The cars are also monitored by motion sensors and barriers come down if the security is breached.
6. Granite Mountain Records Vault
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a vault nestled into the side of a mountain up Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, Utah. The vault contains 2.4 million rolls of microfilm containing approximately 3.5 billion images of family history records. The main function of the vault is storage, preservation and reproduction of genealogical records. The vault is located under 700 feet of “solid mountain stone” and the atmosphere is climate controlled to preserve the paper documents and microfilm inside.