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
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
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
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
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.