Some films often fea­ture a doc­u­ment, or a flash dri­ve with a file, which is pro­tect­ed by an entire army of armed mer­ce­nar­ies. This is due to the impor­tance of data and the con­se­quences of its leak­age, and in today’s world, secre­cy and con­fi­den­tial­i­ty are becom­ing rare. More­over, fan­ta­sy secret hide­outs and dooms­day bunkers are also often fea­tured in some thrillers and dis­as­ter films. Did you know that all this can exist in the real world, and the films are actu­al­ly inspired by these real places in dif­fer­ent parts of the world. This com­pi­la­tion con­tains the most pro­tect­ed places in the world where an ordi­nary civil­ian can­not set foot with­out strict per­mis­sion (which is almost impos­si­ble to get!).

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10. ADX Florence Prison

All those numer­ous prison break films can depict this prison, which is the tenth most secure place on this list. The facil­i­ty is locat­ed in Col­orado, USA, and is home to some of the worst and worst crim­i­nals. It has 1400 steel doors.

florence prison

Each cam­era is under 24/7 auto­mat­ic sur­veil­lance, with motion sen­sors and cam­eras on every door. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion between pris­on­ers is almost impos­si­ble. If the pris­on­er man­ages to some­how escape from the cell, he will be met by a razor-sharp fence 4 meters high, which is patrolled around the clock by guards and fight­ing dogs, not to men­tion huge watch­tow­ers with search­lights and snipers ready to take the deci­sive shot. All vis­i­tors are care­ful­ly screened at sev­er­al check­points through­out the ter­ri­to­ry.

See also: Alca­traz prison and the his­to­ry of the famous island

9 Mormon Archive

The church built a facil­i­ty out­side of Salt Lake, Utah. Approx­i­mate­ly 2.4 mil­lion miles of micro­film are stored at the facil­i­ty. The Secret Archive con­tains the fam­i­ly records and lega­cies of mem­bers of the entire church. It is pro­tect­ed by mas­sive gran­ite doors, armed guards and requires sev­er­al codes to enter. Only mem­bers of the church are allowed to enter.

See also
Where does the most snow fall?

mormon archive

8. Iron Mountain

Iron Moun­tain is a data cen­ter in West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia, locat­ed 40 kilo­me­ters from Pitts­burgh. From the side, it looks more like an impreg­nable fortress, sur­round­ed by a fence with razor-sharp wire. The site was pre­vi­ous­ly used as a mine, but cur­rent­ly hosts mil­lions of data and stor­age servers. Warn­er Bros, the Smith­son­ian, and even the US gov­ern­ment have file vaults in Iron Moun­tain. The files usu­al­ly con­tain pho­to­graph­ic neg­a­tives, orig­i­nal films, and valu­able his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments such as Edis­on’s light bulb patent.

iron mountain

7. Fort Knox

Fort Knox is a heav­i­ly fenced fort with many armed guards. The build­ing con­tains thou­sands of tons of gold, the US gold reserves and sev­er­al valu­able his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments, includ­ing the orig­i­nal Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence. Even if an intrud­er man­ages to get through the fences and fool the guards, a 22-ton blast door will be wait­ing for him at the end of the path, hid­ing the main vault.

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6. Guantanamo Bay

This naval base in Cuba has been func­tion­ing since 1903, although a num­ber of attempts have already been made to close it. In 2002, the site became a camp for ter­ror­ists and pris­on­ers of war from Iraq and Afghanistan. Pris­on­ers are held indef­i­nite­ly with­out tri­al and con­sid­ered too dan­ger­ous to be released. Like oth­er pris­ons, this facil­i­ty is also heav­i­ly patrolled and sur­round­ed by an elec­tri­fied barbed wire fence. It is said that the approach­es to Guan­tanamo Bay are also sur­round­ed by an active mine­field.


5. Tumen River

The Tumen Riv­er con­nects Chi­na, North Korea, and Rus­sia, mak­ing it easy to nav­i­gate across bor­ders. Most peo­ple who are tired of the atroc­i­ties of the North Kore­an regime have tried to escape towards Chi­na across the riv­er, but most have failed because the coast­line is guard­ed by the ruth­less North Kore­an army. Refugees try to cross the bor­der into Chi­na in the win­ter when the riv­er freezes over, but the place is now one of the most heav­i­ly guard­ed places in the world.

See also
Cool gadgets and innovative inventions

tyumen river

4. Area 51

When com­pil­ing a list of the most pro­tect­ed places on the plan­et, it is impos­si­ble to pass by Area 51. This is an air force base in the Neva­da desert, where no one can enter even out of curios­i­ty. All kinds of con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries say that Area 51 is con­nect­ed with extrater­res­tri­al phe­nom­e­na, UFOs and aliens, although the US gov­ern­ment denies these rumors. Rumors that the area is a base for covert alien oper­a­tions have only inten­si­fied over the decades. There is an opin­ion that the remains of alien bod­ies and the wreck­age of space­ships are stored here for research, and also arrange bio­log­i­cal exper­i­ments to mod­i­fy weapons.

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3. Svalbard Global Seed Vault

This is the most inter­est­ing vault, def­i­nite­ly wor­thy of all the secu­ri­ty! Sval­bard was opened in 2008 and is also known as the “Dooms­day Vault”, which under­lines its unique­ness and impor­tance. It is locat­ed a few kilo­me­ters from the North Pole and was designed to store all kinds of seeds that cur­rent­ly exist on Earth.


The vault acts like a safe deposit box for “seeds”. The loca­tion of the com­plex itself serves as a lay­er of pro­tec­tion, since so far it has not been affect­ed by numer­ous man-made and nat­ur­al dis­as­ters, while the seed banks of the Philip­pines, Iraq and Afghanistan are com­plete­ly destroyed. And any­way, who would think of going to the North Pole to steal a cou­ple of seeds? The facil­i­ty has a capac­i­ty of 4.5 mil­lion sam­ples to be used in the event of a major nat­ur­al dis­as­ter.

2 Wikileaks Bunker

Wik­ileaks still has a lot to offer, com­ing in at num­ber two on this list of places with the high­est lev­el of pro­tec­tion. After the 2010 data breach dis­as­ter, wik­ileaks founder Julian Assange decid­ed to move his servers to a safer loca­tion. He chose an aban­doned nuclear bomb shel­ter in Swe­den, which was a fair­ly safe choice. Host­ed in the moun­tains, servers are locat­ed hun­dreds of meters under­ground in spe­cial­ly designed secure cham­bers. The object even has its own pow­er source, which is able to pro­vide pow­er at any time of the day.

See also
Pangolin is the only mammal with scales

wikileaks bunker

1. Board number one

Air Force One is cur­rent­ly a Boe­ing 747 air­craft owned by the US gov­ern­ment. It has served as a per­son­al air­craft and mobile com­mand cen­ter for sit­ting U.S. pres­i­dents since Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt. The air­craft is equipped with numer­ous anti-attack sys­tems, and also has pro­tec­tion against any elec­tro­mag­net­ic effects. Only the Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States and per­sons per­son­al­ly invit­ed by him can get on the plane. In the air, the AF1 is escort­ed by elite fight­er pilots and refu­el­ers, which allows the air­craft to stay in the air at all times.

See also: The most expen­sive pres­i­den­tial planes in the world

presidential board