These iconic spots prove that there's more to landmarks than what meets the eye.
Wish you could climb to the torch of the ? Many years ago, you could have. In 1916, however, the after an explosion (caused by German agents out to destroy war ammunition during World War I) damaged the infrastructure. It was never reopened, partially because of the damage, but also out of concern for terrorism. Luckily, a was installed in 2011 if you want a peek of the view.
You know this sight of four Founding Fathers well, but you've probably never spotted the door behind Lincoln's head. The was built between 1938 and 1939 to store a repository of records detailing American history. It's meant to be a record for people thousands of years in the future who may not know how (and why) the monument was carved.
New York's infamous is filled with people running to catch their trains — and people running to smack tennis balls. On the fourth floor of the station, you can visit for time on the courts and in the fitness center (but be willing to pay $200 to $280 per hour).
The 14th-century in England holds secret crawl-space rooms called . These spaces were used to hide priests during times when Catholics were persecuted under Queen Elizabeth I.
Near the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction in Disneyland, an exclusive club of about 500 members is hidden behind a nondescript door with nothing but "33" scribbled next to it. Called , it's the only place in the park that serves alcohol. Want in? You'll have to pay $10,000 to join and $3,500 in annual fees.
In 2003, many from the monastery in France. How exactly they were stolen remained a mystery for years. The books continued to disappear even after the windows were blocked and the locks were replaced in the strictly off-limits room. Finally, camera footage revealed that a teacher was using a secret passage to enter and exit the room, a secret space that may have been built to allow monastery seniors to eavesdrop on monk's conversations.
This in England holds seven concealed doors. One is in the library, which tucked behind a bookshelf with tongue-in-cheek books (a nod to the fact that not all is as it seems).
In 2013, archaeologists in the 14th-century , which has the oldest castle keep in Scotland. The chamber was uncovered complete with a medieval toilet. Shortly after, archaeologists discovered another secret chamber that legend says is where Mary Irvine, an inhabitant of the castle, hid her brother for years after defeat in the Battle of Culloden.
A landmark rumored to be haunted, the 250-year-old in India is home to an eerie, that no one can enter — it has no openings of any kind. Before drilling through the room, archaeologists guessed that it was either a sealed tomb or a treasure room. Once they opened the room, however, it was stuffed with mud — probably to strengthen the base of the building.
In case you're wondering what the best real estate in Paris is, you may just find it in the . Gustave Eiffel designed for himself at the top of the tower, which is to tour. There, he would deny Parisians who wanted to offer up plenty of money to rent the space for a night, but would occasionally host high-profile guests like Thomas Edison. The apartment is decorated with paisley wallpaper, oil paintings and wood furniture.