10 Mysteries of famous landmarks and icons that most of people don’t know about!
1. The top floor apartment of the Eiffel Tower
The man who designed one of the most famous monuments in the world, Gustave Eiffel, built and fitted out an apartment for himself on its topmost floor. He used it to rest and receive guests. Did you know that he had a long conversation with Thomas Edison there? We had no idea! The apartment is a two bedroom flat with a kitchen, bathroom,
living room and an amazing view!
2. The broken chain at the feet of the Statue of Liberty
People of France gave the statue of liberty to the USA in honor of the 100th anniversary of the American Revolution. The statue symbolizes freedom, democracy and the repeal of slavery. Something which is often overlooked by tourists and most of the people is the broken chain which lies at the feet of the statue which symbolizes the freedom and repeal of slavery.
3. The isleworth of Mona Lisa
Many artists have tried to reproduce the famous painting, Mona Lisa. While that is a known fact, it is believed that there was another portrait painted by Leonardo Da Vinci himself and it’s no copy. The second version was painted from a slightly different perspective. Although it is still possible that it was made by a different artist or maybe several of them, according to experts, it seems more likely that Da Vinci painted this earlier than the original Mona Lisa.
4. The Time Capsule in Mount Rushmore
Architect Gutzon Borglum wanted to create a Hall of Chronicles inside the cliff’s face of the famous monument, Mount Rushmore. He wanted it to be a secret room where future generations would find the fundamental records and information about the USA’s history. He excavated a cave behind the head of Abraham Lincoln, but the plan was not completed as Borglum died. The cave serves as a time capsule now with copies of important documents and memoirs of various presidents placed.
5. The Matterhorn at Disneyland
Named after a mountain in the Alps on the border with Switzerland and Italy, the Matterhorn at Disneyland is the first tubular steel continuous track roller coaster. Inside the very top of the mountain, there is a small attic-like structure used as a staging and break area for climbers. There’s a basketball hoop there attached to the wooden stairs so climbers and cast members can pass time when there is a bad weather.
6. The Sphinx’s original appearance
The oldest statue in the world, the Great Sphinx of Giza was originally decorated with bright paint, only fragments of which remains behind one of its ears. The Sphinx had also a nose and ceremonial beard. The remains of these fragments can be seen in the British and Egyptian museums. Some experts believe that the Sphinx may originally have the head of a lion and a human face was carved in later on, which would explain the difference between its proportions.
7. The creation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The tower contains many secrets which we might not know about. Everyone has an idea about its inclination but no one knows who actually built the bell tower for Pisa’s cathedral. One of the reasons for this is that, since it was built over a course of 200 years, historian are used to assuming the fact that the construction plan was developed by Bonanno Pizano, but the more likely candidate was Diotisalvi who designed the baptistery located next to the tower which is built in the same style.
8. The name of the most famous attraction in Britain
“Big Ben” doesn’t refer to the whole tower in the British Houses of Parliament but only the large bell inside it. The official name for the structure was “The Bell Tower of the Palace of Westminster” until 2012. Now its official name is “The Elizabeth Tower.” At present, no one knows in whose honor was the bell named Big Ben.
9. The Color of the Golden gate Bridge
This amazing bridge located in San Francisco, USA, is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world. It took a long time to get permission for its construction from the US Navy. It was supposed to be painted black with yellow stripes once the permission was granted so that it could be visible in the fog. The architect of the bridge, Irving Morrow, convinced the military to paint it dark orange. The rest is history.
10. The face of Rembrandt’s Danae
Rembrandt began painting Danaë two years after his marriage to Saskia van Uylenburgh. The artist portrayed his significant other in a large portion of his canvases, and it since quite a long time it remained a puzzle why the closeness with Saskia was not all that reasonable in this picture as it was in his different works of the 1630s. Additionally, the style of this specific painting was nearer to a considerable lot of his later works. It is just as of late that clarifications have been found to this puzzle. At the point when analyzed utilizing x-beams, the similitude of the figure in the artwork with Rembrandt's significant other is much clearer. It appears the depiction was revamped after his mate's demise when he was beguiled by another lady, Geertje Dircx. The facial elements of Danaë were changed such that they consolidated both of his lover’s components.
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