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8 Most Heavily Protected Places In The World

Vatican Secret Archives

The pope, as Sovereign of Vatican City, owns the material held in the archive until his death or resignation, with ownership passing to his successor. The archive also contains state papers, correspondence, account books, and many other documents that the church has accumulated over the centuries.

These and other historical documents are stored near the Vatican Library in Rome. Like any archive, there are stacks and reading rooms. There's also a bunker—a fireproof underground structure designed to protect fragile documents from the elements and fire. There's even a school for clergy who study history.

Fort Knox

Fort Knox is a United States Army post in Kentucky, south of Louisville and north of Elizabethtown. It is adjacent to the United States Bullion Depository, which is used to house a large portion of the United States' official gold reserves. The 109,000 acre base covers parts of Bullitt, Hardin, and Meade counties

Has anyone ever broken into Fort Knox? Not only has there never been a successful robbery of Fort Knox, but no one has even attempted it since the vault opened in 1935. There are no visitors allowed. ... There are 4.2 million kilograms (9.2 million pounds) of gold currently stored at Fort Knox.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is the largest and most important regional bank in the Federal Reserve System. The New York Fed is the primary conduit of the Fed's monetary policy through open market operations, emergency lending facilities, quantitative easing, and foreign exchange transactions

The Federal Reserve was created in 1913 by the Federal Reserve Act to serve as the nation's central bank. The Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., is an agency of the federal government and reports to and is directly accountable to the Congress.

The vault is protected by this 90-ton steel cylinder set in a 140-ton concrete frame which, when closed, creates a water- and air-tight seal. Security inside the vault is so tight that a three-person internal team must be present any time one of its compartments are open.

Tumen River

The Tumen River, also known as the Tuman River or Duman River, is a 521-kilometre long river that serves as part of the boundary between China, North Korea and Russia, rising on the slopes of Mount Paektu and flowing into the Sea of Japan. The river has a drainage basin of 33,800 km².

The Iranian Gold Reserve

Established under the Iranian Banking and Monetary Act in 1960, it serves as the banker to the Iranian government and has the exclusive right of issuing banknote and coinage. ... It acts as custodian of the National Jewels, as well as foreign exchange and gold reserves of Iran

Bank of England gold vault

The Bank of England gold vault is one of the world's largest repositories of gold, second only to the New York Federal Reserve.

gold vaults hold 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 vault walls are bombproof and so sturdy that bank staff used them for protection during WWII air raids. And when the vault doors do need to be opened, they can only be accessed by an elaborate system consisting of voice recognition, 3 foot keys and other unpublished security measures.

The Swiss Vaults


The main benefits of Swiss bank accounts include the low levels of financial risk and high levels of privacy they offer. The Swiss economy is one of the most stable in the world and has not been involved in any conflicts in hundreds of years

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. ... This equals about three billion pages of family history records

2.4 million rolls of microfilm containing approximately 3.5 billion images of family history records—that's what is REALLY inside the Mormon Church's Granite Mountain Records Vault. The main function of the vault is storage, preservation and reproduction of genealogical records.

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