15 most impenetrable places on Earth

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1. Vatican Secret Archives

Only qualified clergy and academics are allowed inside the Vatican Secret Archives. Even those granted entry inside the facility cannot view items without advanced approval. The skeptics have various theories behind the secrecy, including: the cavern hiding gospels that contradict the Bible, it housing the earliest known collection of pornography, and holding plans to control the world.

2. Fort Knox

Fort Knox is home to the US Bullion Depository where it not only stores thousands of tons of gold, but is also said to house important historical documents such as the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. Its impenetrable layers of protection include: solid granite wall perimeter, squadrons of machine-gun wielding guards and armed military, and 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

Federal Reserve Bank in New York has a security so tight that it’s entrusted with more U.S. gold bullion than the famous Fort Knox. Men aren’t even allowed to enter the bank’s vault since pallets are moved around by a team of robots. To top it off, a Jason Bourne level protection force watch its perimeter. Their shooting range scores are so goo they’re even better than marksmen. The bank’s security systems are so trusted that even foreign governments use it for gold storage.

4. Tumen River

The Tumen River makes up part of the boundary between Russia and North Korea, and also snakes down into Chinese territory. Within a mile, you can go from North Korea, through China and end up on Russia. This makes the river a good place for those wishing to defect. As such, it is generally well guarded by North Korean soldiers.

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5. The Iranian Gold Reserve

It really would be hard to penetrate Iran’s gold reserve since nobody can say for sure where it is. Assumptions go from it being either in the Imperial Treasury location or the Iran Central Bank. Iran secretly flew gold into the country from Europe in order to dodge “financial pressure” from the United States and UK.

6. Bank of England gold vault
More than 4,600 tons of gold are safeguarded in the Bank of England gold vault, UK’s largest gold vault. Its walls are bombproof and the security system is so intricate that it involves voice recognition, 3 foot keys, and other security measures that aren’t even published.

7. The Swiss Vaults

Swiss banks are among the safest on the planet. The 3-key safety deposit box in particular has been used by the world’s most wealthy individuals for over 200 years.

8. The Mormon Church’s Secret Vaults

The Mormon Church’s secret vaults contain genealogical and historical records that are not only heavily guarded, but are also rumored to be protected by temperature control as well as motion and heat sensors.

9. Korean Demilitarized Zone

The Korean Demilitarized Zone is one of the most heavily guarded borders in the world. This strip of land which stretches 160 miles in length and 2.5 miles in width, divides North and South Korea. Because of the high defense surrounding the border, people rarely dare to cross it, and as such, the place has become a nature preserve.

10. ADX Florence Prison

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The Administrative Maximum Facility or ADX, is a supermax prison for men in Colorado. The prison houses the most dangerous cons in the US which earned the prison the nickname “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” Security measures at ADX include attack dogs guarding the area between the prison walls and 12 ft. high razor wire fences, 1,400 remotely controlled steel doors, motion detecting laser beams, pressure pads and cameras. One former ADX warden described it as “a cleaner version of hell”.

11. Bold Lane Car Park

This car park (or parking garage) is located in Derbyshire, England and is one of the safest places in the world. You can’t get in unless you have a ticket indicating your exact parking spot. And once your car is parked, it is protected by motion detectors and other alarms that will go off if someone messes with your car. If the alarm does go off, the whole place goes into lockdown mode.

12. Cheyenne Mountain Complex

The Cheyenne Mountain Complex was, at one point, the command center for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD has since moved its operations to another location) and U.S. Space Command missions. The complex is so well guarded that its tunnel is protected by solid granite and reinforced. It is interesting to note that the Cheyenne Mountain Complex was also the home of the fictional Stargate Command on the popular TV show Stargate SG-1.

13. Air Force One

Air Force One is one the most well built planes in the world. It has the world’s most advanced flight avoidance, air-to-air defense, and electronics technology packages available anywhere in the world, all for the protection of the Commander-in-Chief and his entourage. With its tight security, it’s been considered the world’s most secure moving location.

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14. Area 51

Located in Nevada, this top secret air force base is so well guarded that no one can get in, even flying over it is forbidden. Area 51 is covered in motion sensors and is heavily patrolled by all sorts of vehicles. It is the home of anything pertaining to UFOs and alien conspiracies.

15. Haven Co

This data-protection company is located in the North Sea off the coast of Britain. The only people ever allowed in Haven Co were authorized personnel, investors, and members of Britain’s royal family. It was allegedly shut down in 2008 with no clear explanation as to why and what data was stored here.