There are certain works of art and architecture that are famous around the world. But if you study the history of some of them a little more intently, you’ll find that many of them contain a lot of mysteries.
1. The top floor apartment of Eiffel Tower
Gustave Eiffel who designed and built France’s famous monument fitted our an apartment at the topmost floor for himself. He often used it to rest and receive guests.
On one occasion, he had a long conversation with Thomas Edison. The apartment contains a kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms and a living room. Today it serves as a museum complete with waxworks of Eiffel and Edison.
2. The broken chain at the feet of Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was given to the USA by the people of France in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Amercian Revolution. It symbolises freedom, democracy, and the repeal of slavery. This is the reason of broken chain at the feet of the statue.
3. The Isleworth Mona Lisa
It’s a well-known fact that many of the artists have reproduced the famous Mona Lisa. But it’s believed that there is one another portrait painted by da Vinci himself and this one is no copy. Interestingly, the second one is painted from a slightly different perspective. It’s possible that it may be painted by a different artist or several of them. According to experts, however, it’s more likely that this is simply an earlier version of da Vinci’s masterpiece.
4. The time capsule in Mount Rushmore
During the construction of this famous monument, architect Gutzon Borglum wanted to create a Hall of Chronicles inside the cliff face – a room where future generations would find the fundamental records of and information about the USA’s history.
For this purpose he excavated a cave behind the head of Abraham Lincoln. Soon after,however, Borglum died and his plan was plan not completed. In 1998, more than 50 years after his death, copies of important documents and the memories of various presidents were placed inside the unfinished hall, which now serves as time capsule.
5. The Matterhorn at Disneyland
The Matterhorn at Disneyland that’s modelled and named after a mountain in the Alps on the border with the Switzerland and Italy is the first tubular steel continuous track roller coaster. Inside the very top there is a small attic like structure used as a staging and break area for climbers: a basketball hoop, complete with backboard and net, which has been attached to a flight of wooden stairs.
Climbers and cast members used the basketball court and staging area to prepare for scheduled climbs or to pass time when there is a bad weather.
6. The creation of Leaning Tower of Pisa
This famous tower contains many secrets. Everyone knows about its inclination but no one knows who actually built the bell tower for Pisa’s cathedral. One of the reasons for this mystery is the fact that it was built over the course of nearly 200 years.
Historians are used to assuming the construction plan was developed by Bonanno Pizano, but a more likely candidate was Diotisalvi, who designed the baptistery located next to the tower which is built in the same style.