10 Most Heavily Guarded Places in the World

We have watched movies like Prison Break where Michael Scofield found a way to break out of maximum security, for that matter heavily guarded prisons.

But then there are real places in the world where it’s impossible to pass through the security barrier.

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These are places who take their security to a whole new level.

Below is a list of 10 most heavily guarded places in the world:

1. Havenco Limited.

Founded in the year 2000, this is a place built on top of large concrete pillars in the middle of the North Sea.

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The North Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean located between Great Britain, Denmark, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Most people have not heard of the Havenco Limited, and it is almost impossible to locate and reach this place.

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1. Havenco Limited.
1. Havenco Limited.

It is a data fortress which has the best of tight security to keep everything therein safe.

Almost nobody except those who work there are the only people who know the kind of information they’re protecting.

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Now, it’ll interest you to know that Havenco Limited ended their operations in 2008 without giving any explanation.

1. Havenco Limited.
1. Havenco Limited.

2. The Doomsday seed Vault.

Imagine the world where just one day, you wake up to a catastrophic event which caused us to lose all the seeds. What is that going to be like? Where do we get seeds of our various fruits, vegetables, others to start all over again?

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Although it may seem a day like this would never come, this is the reason why a place like The Doomsday seed Vault was built.

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2. The Doomsday seed Vault.
2. The Doomsday seed Vault.

It’s meant to store different kinds of seeds, which can be used in case of a catastrophic event.

Because of how important this place is to humanity, a tough security has been put in place making it almost impossible for any person at all to access this place.

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The place is located at Norway as the last food resort for almost the entire World.

The seed bank is located 120 meters inside a sandstone mountain and has robust security systems.

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3. The Bank of England Gold Vault.

This is the gold reserve of the Great Britain. The vault is hidden deep inside the streets of London.

3. The Bank of England Gold Vault.
3. The Bank of England Gold Vault.

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According to the Bank of England, this reserve holds around 400,000 bars of gold, worth over £200 billion. That makes the Bank of England the second largest keeper of gold in the world (the New York Federal Reserve tops the list).

The importance of this place to England alone should tell you how much they’ve invested in guarding it.

It has bombproof doors and a voice recognition system, which very few people have access to. The locks can be opened only by six, three foot long keys.

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4. The ADX prison.

This prison built to house 400 inmates has been described as the cleaner version of Hell.

The facility is best known for housing inmates who have been deemed too dangerous, too high-profile, or too great a security risk for a maximum-security prison. For that matter, it has been built with the most-advanced security any prison has ever had.

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A prison break can obviously never happen here.

The prison as a whole contains a multitude of motion detectors and cameras and 1,400 remote-controlled steel doors.

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4. The ADX prison.
4. The ADX prison.

Officers in the prison’s control center monitor inmates 24 hours a day and can activate a “panic button”, which closes every door in the facility, should an escape attempt to be suspected.

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Pressure pads and 12-foot tall (3.7 m) razor wire fences surround the perimeter, which is patrolled by heavily armed officers.

This prison has 12 ft. high razor wire fences, 1,400 remotely controlled steel doors, motion-detecting laser beams, pressure pads and cameras. All these set-ups make it impossible for one to escape.

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The prison also has 4 inches (100 mm) by 4 feet (1.2 m) windows are designed to prevent inmates from knowing their specific location within the complex. They can see only the sky and roof through them, so it is virtually impossible to plan an escape.

It is here that notorious Mexican drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is serving his life sentence.

5. The Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain provides solutions for records management, data backup and recovery, document management, secure shredding, and data centers.

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5. The Iron Mountain
5. The Iron Mountain

This place holds some of the world’s most hidden secrets. For that matter, a strick security measure was put in place to project the information kept there.

It contains 1.7 million square feet of vaults. It contains some of the world’s most important and secret documents and things, like Edison’s patent rights for the Incandescent bulb.

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5. The Iron Mountain
5. The Iron Mountain

Most of the names of people who own the vaults are not even disclosed.

6. The Federal Reserve Bank.

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Created on December 23, 1913, this bank is said to have over one-quarter of world’s gold.

6. The Federal Reserve Bank.
6. The Federal Reserve Bank.

The vaults are situated almost 80 feet below the street level, which is almost 50 feet below the sea level. Apart from all modern security arrangements, it has a 90-ton cylinder which covers the only entrance.

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7. Fort Knox

Fort Knox is a United States Army installation in Kentucky, south of Louisville and north of Elizabethtown.

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7. Fort Knox
7. Fort Knox

It is adjacent to the United States Bullion Depository, which is used to house a large portion of the United States’ official gold reserves.

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Fort Knox houses about 270Billion Dollars worth of Gold so the most-advanced security is employed to protect it.

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The front door alone weighs nearly 22 tons. The door has combinations that are changed multiple times throughout the day. It’s hence impossible to keep the combinations for a criminal activity.

8. Area 51

Area 51 refers to a map location and is the popular name for a United States Air Force base. It is at Groom Lake, a dry lake bed in the Nevada Desert, 85 miles (135km) north of Las Vegas.

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What goes on inside is extremely secret. Members of the public are kept away by warning signs, electronic surveillance and armed guards.

8. Area 51
8. Area 51

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Security measures include sensors planted around the perimeter of the base. These sensors detect movement, and some believe they can even discern the difference between an animal and a human being.

It is also illegal to fly over Area 51, although the site is now visible on satellite images. The base has runways up to 12,000ft (2.3 miles/3.7km) long.

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Area 51 was created during the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union as a testing and development facility for aircraft, including the U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance planes.

9. The Vatican Secret Archives.

Vatican Secret Archive, is the central repository in the Vatican City of all acts promulgated by the Holy See.

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Secrets therein are kept discreet so much so that even the limited number of people who are allowed to enter need proper authorization because they can do near any of the documents.
9. The Vatican Secret Archives.
9. The Vatican Secret Archives.
The Pope is the owner until his death or resignation. Apart from the Pope, only a handful of people are allowed to get inside.
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The room is placed under climate control and also has a high-security underground bunker.

10. The Mormon Church’s Secret Vaults.

The Granite Mountain Records Vault (also known simply as The Vault) is a large archive and vault owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) excavated 600 feet into the north side of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
The Mormon Church’s Secret Vaults
The Mormon Church’s Secret Vaults
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The Granite Mountain facilities feature a dry, environment-controlled facility used for long-term record storage, as well as administrative offices, shipping and receiving docks, a processing facility and restoration laboratory for microfilm.

Records stored include genealogical and family history information contained in over 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and 1 million microfiche. This equals about three billion pages of family history records.

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Now you know the most guarded places in the world. Which security of the places listed above blows your mind? Let us know in the comment section below!!!

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