Secrets of the 7 famous places in the world

It comes as a surprise to many visitors to know the mysteries of the world’s famous tourist attractions.

Britain's Smallest Police Station, Trafalgar Square, London  

The unassuming Lilliputian Police Station in Trafalgar Square was renovated from a lamp post in 1926 in order that the police could observe crowds in the capital from here. 

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Nowadays the former police station is used by the council's cleaners to store their equipment, according to Historic UK.  

The hidden room, Mount Rushmore, South Dakota 

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the US but few realize that behind the chiseled granite depicting Abraham Lincoln's head is a hidden room. 

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This is a place to keep documents of the history of America sent to the future. However, visitors cannot access this room because of the tough roadway. 

The decaying ballroom, Flinders Street Station, Melbourne 

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A ballroom was built on the 3rd floor of Melbourne's Flinders train station in 1899. However, the hall was abandoned and degraded after the station was closed in 1985. The Australian government is currently considering repairing this project and the entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2019. 

103rd floor viewing platform, The Empire State Building, New York 

For tourists in New York, the Empire State Building's 86th floor observation deck has a magnetic pull, thanks to the sweeping views of Manhattan that can be seen through its high safety fence. 

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And those who want to gaze out to the very horizon head still further up to the 102nd floor 'Top Deck', to gaze out across America from behind sturdy windows. But little do they know that there's yet another deck - a 'secret' deck, revealed by The Gothamist and photographer Navid Baraty — that is one floor further up and accessible only by celebrities.

The art-filled secret corridor, Florence, Italy 

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This mysterious kilometer-long passage-way, which is set to re-open to the public soon, connects the Uffizi Gallery to Pitti Palace in Florence. 
The art adorned corridor, named Vasari, after its architect, dates back to 1565 and was created to commemorate the wedding of Francesco I and Joanna of Austria.  

The Eiffel Tower's secret apartment, Paris 

The Eiffel Tower is considered as the Parisian icon, but visitors to the top of the structure are not only rewarded with breath-taking views of the photogenic city but can also glimpse a secret apartment and office that has only recently been opened up to the public. 

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In 1889, engineer Gustave Eiffel built his own apartment and only had access it, but this room is now open to visitors. 

Access to the Statue of Liberty's torch, New York  

Anyone who has visited the Statue of Liberty will realize that they cannot climb higher than the crown but the reason for this may have been long forgotten, as it was over 100 years ago it was rendered off limits. 

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Until 30 June 1916, tourists at the US landmark could access a room in the torch and enjoy panoramic views across the city. 

By: Christina Baker

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