Hidden Secrets of Famous Landmarks: 50 Fascinating Facts

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31 White House Secret Tunnels

White House Secret Tunnels

The White House has an entire network of underground tunnels that connect it to other important buildings in the area, such as the Treasury Building, the Old Executive Office Building, and the Blair House. The tunnels were constructed during World War II to ensure the safety of the president and other officials in case of an attack. Today, the tunnels are still in use and are occasionally used to move the president and other high-level officials between buildings without being seen by the public. However, due to the high level of secrecy surrounding the tunnel system, not much is known about its exact layout or extent.

32 Trevi Fountain’s Secret

Trevi Fountain's Secret

The Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, is a sight to behold with its intricate details and grandeur. Visitors to the fountain also make a wish and throw a coin into the water, contributing to the $4000 worth of coins collected daily. Interestingly, the money collected from the fountain is used to fund a supermarket for the needy.

33 Secrets of Château de Chambord

Secrets of Château de Chambord

Despite resembling a castle, the Château de Chambord’s moat, walls, and towers were ornamental and had no practical defensive function. Meanwhile, in the backyard of Chateau de Versailles, Marie Antoinette constructed a mock village with a functional farm and fake villagers so that she could assume the role of a “peasant” whenever she desired.

34 Mont Saint-Michel’s Secret

Mont Saint-Michel's Secret

Mont Saint-Michel, located in the north of France, is a vast castle town that only briefly connects to the mainland during low tide. Due to this, it remained unconquered by the English throughout the Hundred Years War. Following the French Revolution, it became a notorious prison for political prisoners, with the surrounding area renowned for its treacherous quicksand, which often ensnared unwary visitors. As a result, it was dubbed the “Bastille of the Sea.”

35 Secrets of Golden Temple

Secrets of Golden Temple

The Golden Temple, located in Amritsar, Punjab, India, is the world’s largest soup kitchen and the holiest temple for Sikhs. Every day, it provides free meals for 100,000 to 300,000 people, regardless of their religion, faith, or background. The Golden Temple played a critical role in Operation Bluestar, a significant military action conducted by the Indian Army in 1984 to eliminate Sikh militants who had taken refuge inside the temple complex. These militants were involved in a series of violent activities such as bombings, kidnappings, and assassinations, causing significant unrest in the Indian state of Punjab.

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36 Windsor Castle’s Secrets

Windsor Castle's Secrets

The British crown jewels were kept in a biscuit tin and stored in a chamber under Windsor Castle during WWII. During renovations, they just covered it at night with a tarp to prevent German airplanes from spying on it. Notably, not even then-Princess Elizabeth was told about it. Furthermore, the modern length of a marathon, which is 26.2 miles, was established in 20th-century London as the distance between Windsor Castle and the Olympic Stadium, after which the marathon became an official Olympic event. Prior to this, marathon distances were arbitrary and varied by several miles.

37 Space Needle’s Secrets

Space Needle's Secrets

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, an example of Googie architecture that flourished in the post-World War II era, has a 30-foot deep foundation, which means the center of gravity of the 605-foot-tall structure is just five feet off the ground. Interestingly, the floor of the SkyCity restaurant atop the Space Needle makes one rotation every 47 minutes, weighs roughly 125 tons, and is powered by a single 1.5-horsepower motor.

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38 Secrets of Buckingham Palace

Secrets of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was not always the luxurious residence it is today. When Queen Victoria first moved in, the palace was dirty and cold, and the staff were lax and lazy. In 1838, a 14-year-old boy nicknamed “The Boy Jones” stole Queen Victoria’s underwear and lived in Buckingham Palace’s chimneys for a year. In 1982, a man named Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace, managed to find his way into Queen Elizabeth II’s bedroom while she was sleeping, and even asked for cigarettes, which a maid bought him, before finally being arrested.

39 Potala Palace’s Secret

Potala Palace’s Secret

The Potala Palace, situated in Tibet, has been the official residence of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, until 1959. As the highest palace in the world, visitors are asked to acclimatize themselves before entering since they cannot take oxygen supplies into the palace for fear of fire. Its walls are painted with milk, and the palace contains over 1,000 rooms, including chapels, meditation halls, and living quarters. It also houses numerous precious artifacts, such as religious statues, thangkas (traditional Tibetan paintings), and ancient manuscripts, many of which are considered priceless.

40 Catherine Palace’s Secret

Catherine Palace's Secret

The Amber Room was a chamber located in the Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. It was constructed in the 18th century and featured amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, making it a true masterpiece. However, the Amber Room disappeared during World War II after being looted by the Nazis, and none of it has ever been found. It was considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

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