10 Secret Places You’re Not Supposed To Know About

10 Places You’re Not Supposed To Know About I’m sure you’ve all heard of Area 51, but do you know there are several other places around the world that have been kept secret for ages? – Some of those still are- So… Here are 10 Places You’re Not Supposed To Know AboutBefore we go though, remember to subscribe to AllTime 10s! Got it? Let's go! 10 Emperor Qin’s Tomb Emperor Qin Shi Huang [key-nee she who-ang] took the throne in 246 BC During his rule he standardized coins, weights, and measure and apparently built the first version of the Great Wall

Quite impressive, huh? – Of course, when you have an entire empire at your disposal, achieving such goals is not really that hard, but still… Then, in 1974, workers digging outside the city of Xi’an, China, unearthed one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world: Emperor Qin’s Tomb A place that’s so dangerous that the deepest part of the mausoleum remains preserved to this day No one, even the experts can access the site It would be too dangerous to health All we know to date about the mysterious tomb is that only four pits have been partially excavated: three filled with terra-cotta soldiers, horse-drawn chariots, and weapons, one empty

The accounts indicate the tomb contains replicas of the area’s rivers and streams made with MERCURY In fact, modern tests have revealed a usually high concentration of mercury on the tomb mound, which is why Chinese archaeologists are currently using remote-sensing technology to probe the mausoleum However, further excavations are on hold for now Even the love for Art has its limits! 9 Vatican Secret Archive The Vatican Secret Archive contains all the acts promulgated by the Holy See

The archive has been separated from the Vatican Library from the 17th century It remained closed to outsiders until the late 19th century when only a very restricted group of scholars was allowed to enter the library So, for centuries no one knew what sort of secret the Vatican was hiding and people have been wondering, what could they ever need to hide in there? I don’t know… it’s not like the Vatican has ever covered up the terrible misconduct of its clerics Oh, wait… So, in October 2019, Pope Francis finally gave the green-light for opening the archive to the public, probably hoping to shut down all the controversies about the Catholic Church For example, right now, scholars are digging into two million documents spanning the years 1939 to 1958 to glean insight into Pius XII, who was sometimes labelled “Hitler’s Pope”

Criticism of Pius XII stemmed from his apparent inaction to help Jews facing persecution by Nazi Germany and failing to forcefully condemn the Holocaust 8 White’s Club The White’s Club in London is a VERY exclusive gentlemen club It was established in 1693 by an Italian immigrant named Francesco Bianco – the Italian for White – as a hot chocolate emporium under the name Mrs White’s Chocolate House The shop quickly gained notoriety and, in the early 18th century, it became a gambling house

Apart from this, little is known about this society and its criteria for admission We don’t even know how much is the admission fee and, can you believe that it doesn’t even have a website?! There must be a lot of effort – and money – from relevant people behind it to keep the club identity so secret these days The club has indeed a long history notable people among its members Among others, Prince Charles, Prince William, and former British Prime Minister David Cameron For all we know, White's continues to maintain its standards as an establishment exclusively for gentlemen, except for the two visits by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991 and 2016

In 2018, a group of female protesters infiltrated the club by pretending to be men However, they were soon uncovered 7 Track 61 A big city like New York has for sure innumerable secrets but, one of the memorable ones is definitely the Track 61, a storage track on the Metro-North Railroad in Manhattan, beneath the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel The platform has a long history

Originally it was used as a private entrance for VIP guests at the Astoria, then it quickly became a secret passageway for US presidents and politicians to travel discreetly around the city Presumably, the first to use the platform in such a role was General John J Pershing in 1938 But, the secret track it’s mostly known for the use that President Franklin D

Roosevelt made of it He didn't want the public to see him using a wheelchair, so to keep that secret during his visits to New York, his train didn't stop directly at Grand Central Station, but at Track 61 But rumour has it that Roosevelt is not the only president to have actually used the secret platform Some also believe the track remains in use even today as a potential escape route available to the president in case of emergency 6

Pine Gap If you’re on Netflix – who isn’t? – you may have run into an Australian series called Pine Gap: an international political thriller, set in the Australian and American joint defence intelligence facility at Pine Gap The series starts with the intelligence team detecting a missile that shots down a civilian plane over Myanmar The search for the true motive brings up secrets, conflicting interests and personal ideals within the walls of the military base Ok, cool, why do we care about this show? Because it is not JUST a show The Pine Gap US satellite surveillance base is real and settled in the centre of Australia, though it’s clearly not so secret anymore

Created in 1970, in the midst of the Cold War, the station is jointly run by CIA, NSA and an Australian intelligence team The location is strategically significant because it controls United States spy satellites passing over one-third of the globe, including China, the Asian parts of Russia, and the Middle East Central Australia was chosen because it was too remote for spy ships passing in international waters to intercept the signal 5 Secret Bunker At The Greenbrier Hotel Apparently, Americans have a passion for secret places under fancy Hotels

It was kept a secret for 30 years, but hidden in West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort there’s a massive bomb shelter stocked with supplies for members of Congress in case of an emergency – It may actually come in handy these days… So, the bunker was built as an above-ground addition to the hotel from 1959 to 1962, as part of US government continuity program called “Project Greek Island”, aimed to have a secret relocation centre due to the Cuban missiles crisis As far as we know, the bunker has never been used

Its existence was not acknowledged by the government until journalist Ted Gup reported it on The Washington Post in 1992 Immediately after the publication of the article, the government decommissioned the bunker, that has since been renovated and used as a data storage facility for the private sector 4 Mezhgorye Welcome to Mezhgorye, a lovely closed town in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia The town is located in the southern Ural Mountains near Mount Yamantau, about 200 kilometres southeast of Ufa, the capital of the republic

Founded around 1979, the town has a population of 17,352 inhabitants and is one of the most interesting towns in the country Why? Because the whole city may be a secret nuclear-proof bunker! Apparently, the whole city was built as part of a huge construction project that began in the late 1970s when US nuclear firepower took a special aim at the Communist Party’s leadership complex The purpose was to use the town as a repository for Russian treasures, food storage area, and a nuclear bunker for military officials

Of course, the Russian government has never confirmed such assumptions, so whether the town’s story is real or just a fictional invention is still a mystery 3 Ise Grand Shrine, Japan When we think of temples or churches we usually have in mind gathering places, full of people, devotees or even tourists Yet, there’s a place in Japan, probably the holiest of all, that’s impossible to access The Ise Grand Shrine, in the town of Uji-Tachi, is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu

According to tradition, it was first constructed in 4BCE, however, it’s most likely from later times, as early as the 3rd century CE To preserve the history and the holiness of the shrine, a very restricted group of people have access to the building Only the Emperor and the chief priest or priestess of the shrine, who must be a member of the Imperial Family, are allowed to enter the sacred site 2 Room 39 North Korea is one of the most secretive countries in the world, it’s no surprise then that Room 39, the secretive North Korean party organization, has been shrouded in mystery since its very beginning

Very little is known about Room 39, and most of them are rumours and assumptions, hard to prove since it’s impossible to access it It appears that Room 39 was established by Kim Il-sung in the late 1970s The office was initially the Finance and Accounting Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea Now, it is also involved in the management of foreign currency earnings from foreigners' hotels in Pyongyang, gold and zinc mining, and agricultural and fisheries exports It is also believed to run networks of illegal and legal companies that often change names, and handle weapon deals and drug trafficking

And if you think that’s scary, well it is probably only the surface of the organization’s dealings in said roomYou’re welcome 1

M42 Basement And we’re back to the USA, the land of hidden places Apparently, despite the government’s best efforts, every New Yorker knows that deep below Grand Central Terminal, there’s a hidden power station known as M42 Basement Its very existence was only acknowledged in the late 1980s and its exact location is still not public information

The basement housed mammoth electrical rotary power converters that kept the railroads running during WWII, which is why Adolf Hitler attempted to sabotage the converters several times However, armed guards protected the room They’d been instructed to shoot on sight anyone entering carrying a bucket of sand You may say, what’s the matter with sand? Well, according to experts, sand thrown into the superheated converters would've turned into a concrete block of glass and shut down the trains that moved 80 per cent of the troops and war materials Luckily, the FBI managed to stop any German intruder before he could ever find the basement

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