Even if you haven’t actually visited these landmarks, you know them by sight. And there is something about seeing a landmark many times in movies and on TV that gives you a false sense of security around knowing them as well as those who have actually been there.
The world’s most famous landmarks have been a testament to the ingenuity of mankind in many cases. In other cases, famous landmarks have proven to be a pretty decent choice for a family photo backdrop. Some facts about these landmarks may not yet have penetrated into your consciousness, however. It’s always a good thing to arm yourself with trivial knowledge such as these facts when you arrive somewhere well known. You rarely get the chance to show off how much of a grasp you have on arcane knowledge in front of the type of easily impressed people such as tourists visiting something they’ve only seen in movies and photos all their lives.
The Eiffel Tower spans 49 acres of surface area, and this needs to be painted regularly to keep up appearances. Every seven years or so the Eiffel Tower is given a fresh coat of paint to keep it looking all Frenchified. The actual process can take up to a year and a half to complete, so your odds of arriving when this process is underway is actually not that small. But don’t fear: the repainting of the Eiffel Tower does not mean that it will be closed, so feel free to schedule your vacation in Paris any time.
Contrary to the belief of many non-compulsive Elvis Presley fans, his famous home and tourist attraction in Memphis is not named for his mother. Yeah, sure, it does seem to make sense if you know just a little about Elvis…like that he was a real mama’s boy. But, alas, if such were the case, then Graceland would actually be known as Gladysland. Graceland is named for a female who was related to the publisher who first had the mansion built. The exact details of the identity of Grace is still up for debate.
The Hollywood Sign
Los Angeles is a city filled with landmarks related to its position as the film capital of the world, but few carry the cache of the Hollywood sign looming over the city below. The sign originally read Hollywoodland and was a PR gimmick for a new real estate development. Landslides took care of the Land above as well as some of the land below. Here’s an amazing fact for the most recognizable landmark in the city most well known for its cars: you cannot drive to the Hollywood sign ; this landmark can only be reached by hiking and even then you run the risk of the being turned away or arrested before you actually reach the sign from which Peg Entwistle jumped to her ironic death.
The Taj Mahal is basically the most incredibly complex and amazing crypt in the world. Or, to be more precise, the Taj Mahal is a mauseoleum that was inspired, as fate would have it, by a previously constructed mausoleum . Built at such a great expense that the threat of national bankruptcy resulted in a coup, the Taj Mahal was directed to be built by the last Moghul emperor of India. Shah Jahan’s wife died in childbirth and the building was intended to be a monument to his everlasting love.
Statue of Liberty
Many visitors to the State of Liberty are surprised to discover a fascinating fact about her. Most photographs of Lady Liberty are so interested in making sure that her torch is captured that her feet sometimes get less attention than deserved. When you finally do make it to this landmark yourself, take the time to notice her feet…although you really don’t have any choice. Lady Liberty’s feet are covered in the shackles from which she broke free from oppression to deliver her message of universal freedom.