11 mysteries behind famous tourist symbols (Part I)
1. The apartment is located at the top of the Eiffel Tower
Gustav Eiffel is the father of the Eiffel Tower but that is not all he designed. Eiffel ingeniously integrated an apartment for himself on the top floor of the Tower. Eiffel also used the spacious apartment for leisure purposes for the rest of his life. And one of the most famous guests he met in this special apartment was Thomas Edison.
Apartment on top of the Eiffel Tower is quite impressive with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living room. It is not difficult to imagine how spectacular this vision is. Gustav Eiffel received many offers for this apartment but he declined. The apartment is located at an altitude of about 1,000 feet (300 meters) and is decorated with soft wooden cabinets and a large piano. Today the apartment has been transformed into a museum with an imitation of Gustav Eiffel and Edison in their conversations.
2. The Statue of Liberty with the chain in her leg
Do any tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty in the United States know that there is a broken chain near her feet? The cut iron chain symbolizes the escape from the bondage of slaves. The statue was donated to the US by the French to celebrate 100 years of independence. It is a symbol of freedom, democracy and the end of slavery.
3. Da Vinci made a copy of the Mona Lisa called Isleworth Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa is a very famous painting and is copied by many artists. One of them is Da Vinci himself. Experts said that Da Vinci himself painted a replica of the Mona Lisa painted in a different way. It was possible that the copy was the work of another artist but most art experts disagreed and said that it was the first version of the Mona Lisa. One of those who claimed it was none other than Henry Pulitzer, who bought the painting in 1913.
The Isleworth Mona Lisa painting is on display at the Bakers studio in Isleworth, West London.
4. A time storage room inside Mount Rushmore
When the architect of Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum, built the memorial, he had the desire to create a kind of secret room that could be used as a historic storage room for future American generations of to find accurate records of American history.
To do this, he had to build a cave behind Abraham Lincoln's head. Unfortunately Borglum died and his plan was not completed. However, in 1998, fifty years after Borglum's death, the plan was completed as well as many other historical records, memoirs, and copies of important documents and information related to the US history was placed inside.
5. A small basketball court at the top of the Matterhorn
The Matterhorn model in Disneyland as everyone knows is a replica of the famous Swiss Matterhorn located in the Alps. But people do not know that inside it is a small structure like an attic. This place is often used as a recreation area for mountaineers and Disneyland performers in bad weather.
It is said that when Disney built this area, there was a room for the purpose of climbers preparing their belongings and actors wearing costumes.. But one day, one of the climbers carried a basketball for leisure while stranded there. Since a basketball court has been established here.
(To be continued)
By: Stephan Swift