Today's "travel experience" is more like a fast-paced frenzy to post your photos first... because if you don't Instagram it, it didn't happen.
Thankfully, these places are so sacred, so off-limits or just so darn beautiful that they've banned picture-taking all together. Professional photographers have snagged shots in the past, but common travelers will never, ever get a photo if they're playing by the rules.
Cameras are forbidden in the hallowed Parisian halls that house Van Gogh's self portrait, Degas' ballerinas and Monet's gardens. You are, however, allowed to sketch your own copies. Best of luck.
Inside the Taj Mahal
Ever wonder why you only see photos of the outside? It's not just because the exterior is so beautiful: photography is forbidden inside the main mausoleum.
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun
It's forbidden to photograph the embalmed bodies of North Korean leaders Kim il-Sung and Kim Jong-il -- guards even "blow dust off" you and "clean your shoes" before you enter the palace that houses them.
The Library at the Abbey of Saint Gall
At one of the oldest libraries in the world, you'll find the earliest-known architectural plan drawn on parchment. Apparently, the Swiss guards make you lock up your camera before you enter.
The Sistine Chapel
Hawk-eyed guards make it nearly impossible to get a photo of the ceiling masterpiece.