10 Worldwide Famous Landmarks With Secret Rooms You Might Have Not Known About

One of the best ways to learn about the history of a place is to visit its historical landmarks. However, sometimes you feel like you can never learn enough from a simple tour that is given to you in that landmark. On the other hand, it’s pretty understandable that no one can be able to squeeze years of history in an hour tour. Luckily, you are about to learn new interesting facts about famous landmarks worldwide that you probably didn’t know.

Many of these famous buildings that attract millions of visitors have some areas that are not accessible to the visitors. These secret rooms serve different purposes. Some of them are for record-keeping, wine cellars, or no real purpose at all. There might not be a lot of these rooms, but we made a list of images of the ones we could find. It is quite interesting to know what hides more than what meets the eye.

Scroll down below to see these beautiful landmarks and the secret rooms hiding inside them.

1.The apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower

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When Gustave Eiffel designed the tower, he included a private apartment for himself at the top. When he died, he even left the place in mint condition—furnishings and all. Today the apartment houses mannequins of Eiffel and Thomas Edison, who was one of the lucky few who got to visit the abode. Visitors can view the small space through a window with the purchase of a ticket to the top of the tower.

2. The tennis courts at Grand Central Terminal

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One of New York’s busiest train stations has tennis courts in a little-known space called the Annex. Over the years, the area has seen many renovations—it used to be a recording studio as well as an art gallery—and has had various owners, including President Donald Trump at one point. Currently, space is known as the Vanderbilt Tennis Club, and it’s open and accessible to the public.

3. The crypt below St. Mark’s Basilica

Most visitors are too entranced by the main area of St. Mark’s Basilica to even think about the possibility that there could be even more glory underneath it. And yet, beneath the presbytery and the side chapels sits a much smaller crypt, one that for centuries has been the repository of St. Mark’s body. It is also used as a burial place for the Patriarchs of Venice. Visiting the crypt isn’t as easy as seeing the rest of the cathedral, but some companies offer intimate after-hours tours that include a peek inside.

4. The movie theater and restaurant in the Paris catacombs

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5. The undercroft below the Lincoln Memorial

Underneath Abraham Lincoln’s feet (and yours when you visit) is a cavernous three-story, 43,800-square-foot basement. When construction began on the memorial in 1914, engineers filled this area with columns to support honest Abe and his marble throne, according to Atlas Obscura.

The area was forgotten about until renovations on the monument began in 1975, leading workers to find stalactites and an ecosystem of rodents and insects in this now cave. The National Park Service wants to open up the undercroft as retail space and storage in time for the Lincoln Memorial’s centennial in 2022. As of now, it remains inaccessible to the public.

6. The hall of records behind Mount Rushmore

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7.The 103rd floor of the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building officially has 102 floors. The main visitors’ observation on the Empire State Building is on the 86th floor. But the 103rd floor is home to another observation deck that’s smaller, more exclusive, and without any railing barrier except for a small stone wall about 2 feet high. 

The 103rd-floor observation deck is built into an antenna that was added to the top of the tower in 1950. It’s inaccessible to the public for obvious reasons, although it is available for private viewings – usually for celebrities like Mariah Carey, Usher, or DJ Khaled. 

8.Wine cellars in The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge currently has two wine cellars, one on each side of the East River. When the bridge was built, portions of neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn had to be demolished in order to build the bridge’s two anchorage sections, which attach the bridge to land. To compensate local merchants and offset some of the bridge’s $15 million budget, wine cellars and other vaulted spaces were incorporated into the bridge’s design. 

Several wine merchants and other alcohol sellers began renting the spaces in 1883 when the bridge was completed. Except for the Prohibition years, the cellars remained in operation until World War II. 

9. The attic in the Washington Square Arch

The Washington Square Arch in New York City is not a completely solid building. The 72-foot arch includes a hollow upper portion with 17-foot ceilings.

Building a hollow arch had the advantages of being less top-heavy and costly to construct. It’s accessible by a spiral staircase in the western column of the arch, although it’s not open to the public. 

Today, space is used for maintenance, and it once held a Parks Department office.

10. The room in the torch of the statue of liberty

Currently, the crown of New York City’s Statue of Liberty is the highest point accessible to the public. But the actual highest point is located in the torch, which has been closed to the public since 1916. 

That year, an American shipment of military stores detonated in the city’s harbor, an incident that became known as the Black Tom explosion. The shipment was meant for Britain’s use in World War I, and it was later determined German agents were responsible. 

The explosion itself was so massive shrapnel damaged the Statue of Liberty’s torch. The city closed the torch for precautionary reasons and hasn’t reopened it since. 

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20 Incredible Images of the Olympics’ Athletes That Show What the Human Body Is Capable of

Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been the topic of the internet recently. Even though there was a delay due to Covid, a lot of athletes were in excellent shape to bring golden medals to their countries. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games launched on Friday 23 July with the opening ceremony, although the sporting action actually kicked off a couple of days earlier. It all comes to an end on Sunday 8 August, with the Olympics officially lasting a total of 17 days.

I can’t even imagine the joy one experiences when they have that gold medal around their neck. All the hard work, the sacrifice pay off in the best way possible. And this is not just a personal win, you’re representing a whole country that has its eyes on you in that moment of competition.

What we see on the TV are just the results of a long preparation. If the athlete wins we are proud, if they lose, we are quick to judge. However, today we want to give you the real image of what happens behind the scenes. There are a lot of things these athletes go through in order to achieve that shape and get qualified for the Olympics. Therefore, today we are bringing some of that footage that often goes unseen. Scroll down below to check it out. And let us know what you think of this year’s Olympic games.

1. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz became the first Olympic gold medalist for the Philippines

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2. 8 F**king times in Olympics. Take a bow

3. This was Canadian Mark McMorris 11 months ago. Today he is an Olympic Bronze medalist. Amazing.

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4. Feet from Dutch Olympic swimming champion Maarten Van der Weijden after swimming 163 km/101 mi in 55 hours to raise money for cancer research

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5. After sixteen stages in Tour de France I think my legs look little tired

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6. In 2009 J.R. Celski sliced through his entire left quadriceps with his right skate blade at the U.S. Olympic trials

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My first major sports injury happened at the 2010 U.S. Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials. It was the competition I had to do well at in order to secure a spot on my first Olympic team. The fall happened in one of the last races of the competition, the 500 meters, known for absolute top speed. I fell in the corner and put the front six inches of my blade straight into my quad. I bounced off the pads with the blade still in my leg, looked down, and had to pull it out myself because of the awkward position that I was in.

I completely severed the VMO “teardrop muscle” and luckily barely missed the femoral artery which might’ve been the end. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever gone through, especially because in the moments after, I started realizing that I might not be able to achieve the goal I set out for in the first place. If not for the people around me including my family, friends, and medical staff, I wouldn’t have been able to get back on my feet, especially in time to go to the Olympics and win two medals.

7. The Difference Between Gold and Silver in the 15km mass start Biathlon

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8. I Was Born With A Condition: Pectus Excavatum. Which I Know Sounds Like A Harry Potter Spell. My Deformity Began Appearing Around Age 10

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My name is Cody Miller. I am not a typical Olympic swimmer. Like most sports the taller you are the better… Most swimmers are incredibly tall, well above 6ft… I’m 5’11 and only weigh 170lbs. More often than not, I’m the smallest person in the pool.

My condition puts stress on my respiratory system. Tests have shown that my sunken sternum and odd placement of other bones have caused a reduced lung capacity… To what extent is unknown. Doctors have said my maximum breathing capacity is likely reduced by 12-20%. Also… I’m diagnosed as asthmatic… Which I learned, from studies run on me in college, has nothing to do with my pectus condition. I live with difficult circumstances as a swimmer. Despite my disadvantages, I’ve dedicated my life to swimming… And I’ve never given up. Like a lot of you, I have struggled with body image problems throughout my life. I struggled with my appearance from a young age. I was a kid who was afraid to take off his shirt in gym class… people thought I was weird. At swim meets, I walked around the pool deck awkwardly while people stared and pointed at me.

I was weird and abnormal… However, I’ve realized this: No one is 100% satisfied with the way they look. Everyone has something about themselves they dislike. And that’s OK! Professional athletes, models… everyone has their own insecurities! I’ve embraced the fact that I have a giant hole in my chest! It’s OK! Monday night. June 27th, 2016 in Omaha Nebraska. USA Swimming Olympic Trials took place at the CenturyLink Center live on NBC, in front of a crowd of 17,500 people, I swam in lane 5 of the Finals of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke.

Only 2 athletes per event qualify for the Olympic Games. 2 swimmers to represent the U.S.A in the 100-meter breaststroke… I’d been dreaming about this moment my entire life. One wrong move and it’s over… The pressure of a lifelong dream… Years and years of training. Thousands and thousands of hours of preparation for a race that lasts 59 seconds… 2 lengths of the pool… 1 start… 1 turn… 1 finish… 1 moment… 1 opportunity… I did it… The feeling is still indescribable… I qualified for the Rio Olympics. My new Olympic teammate and I hug. Seeing the Olympic rings next to my name… I try not to cry… I did… like a baby…

9. Never forget that Australia’s first ever winter olympics gold was won because the guy was coming dead last and everyone in front of him fell over.

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10. Team USA Basketball Player Deandre Jordan (6’11”) and Gymnast Ragan Smith (4’6″)

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11. An x-ray of a gymnast performing an exercise

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12. Leg muscles of the first perfect 10 in olympic history, at age 14. Nadia Comaneci

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13. Ex-World Champion Cyclist Janez Brajkovic Leg After A Race

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14. The hands of Olympic swimming champion van der Weijden after a 163km swim

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15. Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai’s right arm gave, ripping apart ligaments and muscle under the weight

He pushed himself to lift 148 kilograms (326.3 pounds) during the men’s 77kg weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

16. Acrobatic Gymnastics Elite And Level 10 Training Camp At Karolyis Olympic Training Site

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17. USA Men’s Volleyball Player David Lee 6’8″ and USA Gymnast Simone Biles 4’8″

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18. Anyone want to hold my hand

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19. Verified on the eve of US nationals

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20. When you spend every day on a bike vs. When you retire and ride casually

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