If you’ve spent your whole life searching for the tomb of Genghis Khan’s mysterious archive or the secret sex vault belonging to Santa Claus, you’d probably take a peek inside if you found it right?
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If you’re obsessed with the Netflix series Narcos then you’ll love our first entry in this list, because it concerns a certain Pablo Emilio Escobar. The infamous Colombian drug lord was shot and killed in 1993 by the Colombian National Police, but during his lifetime he became one of the 10 richest men in the world with an estimated worth of thirty billion dollars.
Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of a united China, and he was also responsible for unifying many of the country’s individual state walls into the Great Wall of China. He was like an old timey Donald Trump…except with better hair and bigger hands. So when an area believed to house Qin Shi Huang’s tomb was discovered inside the Emperor’s gigantic compound you’d think archaeologists would wanna break right in and take a look at old bonesy straight away wouldn’t you. And they do, but they can’t.
After his tragic death from an accidental overdose on April 21st 2016, the relatives of legendary musician Prince grieved for a solid week before smashing open the secret vault at his Paisley Park Mansion. Workers used heavy-duty drills to enter the area after Prince took the combination with him to the grave, but several months on the world is still waiting to hear what fascinating artefacts lay within.
In 1922 the tomb of King Tutankhamen was the most significant archaeological discovery of the time, partially because it hadn’t been looted too much by grave robbers, but mostly because it told us interesting things about King Tut, such as the fact he may have been a ginger kid.
India’s Padmanabhaswamy Temple, also known as the Golden Temple by people too lazy to pronounce foreign words, is the world’s wealthiest place of worship and also the most baller religious institution in recorded human history. There is an estimated twenty two billion dollars-worth of treasure stored within the temple’s five already-opened vaults, but the reason it makes our list is that there’s a sixth vault which is yet to be explored.
The ancient Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan was established sometime around 100BC 30 miles northeast of modern-day Mexico City, and at its height during the 1st millennium it was home to 125,000 people, making it then the sixth largest city in the world. Yet despite many of their fascinating pyramids still standing today, there are a great deal of unanswered questions about who the Teotihuacano people were, what happened to them, and why their monuments and cities were deliberately destroyed between the 7th and 8th centuries before the Aztecs moved in.
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