People pack their bags and travel to far off parts of the globe just to see these seven world-famous landmarks. To name a few, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty or the Roman Colosseum. But did you know that these landmarks are hiding something from the public? With secret tunnels, hidden rooms and other surprises, you’re going to want to hit up these landmarks again if you missed their secrets last time.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Although the Eiffel Tower is an amazing sight alone, you might not have wondered what its like to live inside it. But this world-famous tower actually has a secret apartment at its top.
Gustave Eiffel, its creator, decided to build his own private apartment at the top. Now it is available to the public via a tour. But few still know about it. At the time Parisians were jealous of Eiffel for his apartment that had a view like none other in Paris.
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., United States
For every American, the Lincoln Memorial in the nation’s capital is a must see. But did you know a door is on the side of it. It leads down a long hall that has a feel of a cave.
If you venture inside, you’ll see stalactites like a real cave. There is even some “historical graffiti” down there that the builders of the monument left behind.
Trafalgar Square in London, England
This gathering place has seen people of all different kinds of persuasions from protesters to rioters on Black Monday and Bloody Sunday. And because of everything that’s happened in this place, London has a special police force. But it’s much smaller than you’d suspect.
Within a lamppost in the square, the Lilliputian Police Station is the city’s tiniest police station. About as big as a telephone booth, it was built in the 1930s so officers could keep their eyes on the square. But it is now just a storage space for Westminster Council Cleaners.
The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., United States
Now that the Washington Monument has been closed indefinitely until elevator repairs are made, accessing this secret could be hard. But a 12-foot replica of the monument is under a manhole cover called “Benchmark A”. As a Geodetic Control Point, it helps synchronize maps and monitor the country’s landmass.
After being placed in there back in the 1880s, it was above ground. But as the earth shifted, it was eventually buried and is settling an additional 0.5 millimeters every year.
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
One of Rome’s most popular attractions, the Colosseum has 4 million visitors a year. But few walk the underground tunnels. These were used for anyone about to enter the arena. They’re called the hypogeum. And that means gladiators and fierce animals walked these tunnels until they were supposed to fight.
The Statue of Liberty in New York, New York
While you might have visited Lady Liberty’s crown, her torch is also accessible. Or you could have if an act of war in 1916 hadn’t ruined her. The explosion on New Jersey was so violent it blew out building windows all the way to Times Square. German spies had detonated the blast.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California
While you might have been to Disneyland, you probably haven’t been to Club 33. Membership costs $25,000 plus a $12,000 annual fee.