Lets explore the most photographed places on Earth and find out what no other TRAVEL ORGANIZER will tell you. Well….they will need to know it themselves first.
Here are some secret places hidden in some of the most famous places.
So lets get it on.
- TimesSquare: A major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. At least 37 million people visit times square every year. Ever wondered how you hide an entire building(yes you read that right) in such a place?
Recognize This ?
The Building – 1 Times Square – Originally constructed in 1904 held the headquarters of The New York Times until it was sold to The Lehman Brothers in 1997. Rather than offering it for rent, the new owners had a more lucrative tenant in mind – ”Advertisements”. The firm had large screens added to the facade of the building.
The firm now rakes in millions & millions of dollars a year without having a tenant in the building. Today 1 Times Square is worth $ 495 million(approx). An advertisement here today would cost you no less than $ 1.5 million annually.
2. Mount Rushmore: The huge monument, situated in South Dakota, has long been a staple landmark in adventure movies. The enormous stone sculpture, featuring the faces of US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, contains a secret chamber which very few people know about.
This secret room can be found behind the head of Abraham Lincoln, and was designed to serve as a Hall of Records to tell the complete story of the United States’ history. The government gave the man behind the monument, Gutzon Borglum, permission to start work on a Hall of Records – a hidden chamber packed full of America’s most important paperwork.
The chamber room once completed in 1998, the government installed there a sealed titanium safety vault along with a 1200 pound capstan was stocked with panels featuring the American history, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
3. The Abandoned Terminal at JFK Airport: How many times have you landed here and wondered what that empty building on the side is? It’s an airport that’s been frozen in time.Designed by renowned Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen in 1956, the terminal is best known for its cavernous, arched white ceilings and mid-century mod style.
Built at the height of the Jet Age and closed in 2001, the TWA terminal is now being transformed into a hotel and conference center housing 505 guest rooms, a spa, an aviation-themed museum, and a 10,000-square-foot public observation deck.
4.Eiffel Tower, Paris
Many of you must have already been to this iconic landmark already. But not most of you would know these facts about Gustav Eiffel’s private apartment on the top of the tower. Being a visionary he was Eiffel knew he needed to attach functional uses to the tower, he allowed it to be used for many experimental, scientific purposes. Wireless transmission turned out to be the key, and the Eiffel Tower became the site of the first radiotelegraph broadcasts.
Not only this, here are some more lesser know facts about this skyscrapper:
a) There Are Vintage Spiral Staircases, No Longer Used By The Public – Visitors to the Eiffel Tower now use a different exterior staircase, but you can still see the original spiral staircase, encased in glass
b) There’s a Military Bunker Underneath the Eiffel Tower – Below the South Pillar is a former military bunker! It connects to existing military tunnels, but the bunker itself today is used as a mini museum open to small tour groups.
5. The Secret Floor on the Empire State Building, New York.
For tourists in New York, the Empire State Building’s 86th floor observation deck has a magnetic pull, thanks to the sweeping views of Manhattan that can be seen through its high safety fence.
And those who want to gaze out to the very horizon head still further up to the 102nd floor ‘Top Deck’, to gaze out across America from behind sturdy windows.
But little do they know that there’s yet another deck – a ‘secret’ deck, that is one floor further up and accessible only by those in the know. And unless you have a strong head for heights, it is terrifying.
The floor’s tiny balcony is reached via a series of elevators that take visitors past the inner workings of the building — its electricity boxes and pipes — with the final approach to the summit being up a cramped, steep metal stairway-cum-ladder.
Of course, any attempt to open the space up to the public would be a disaster, which is why it is mostly just visited today by celebrities, such as Taylor Swift, who was pictured on the vertigo-inducing balcony in 2014.
The 102nd and 103rd floors are located in the 200-foot metal tip of the Empire State Building, which was originally supposed to be a mooring mast for airships, which at the time were considered the future of air travel.
6. The Secret Fallout Shelter on Wenceslas Square
Most or many of you must already have been to Prague and none of you, we guess, would have missed hanging out at WENCESLAS Square. Well, some of you might have seen, if not, stayed at the luxurious JALTA HOTEL(which we highly recommed). Well, here’s an interesting thing about that hotel – “A nuclear fallout shelter is hidden under the hotel, which is a rare and exceptional feature”. There you go, we dropped another bomb(not the one you may think, but most of you will get the slang!!)
The shelter is situated in three underground levels below the hotel and has massive reinforced concrete walls, which prevent radioactive contamination, nuclear explosion and aerial bombardment(not that we see a nuclear war happening anytime soon).
It was built in the 1950s with the intention to serve as the military headquarters of the Warsaw Pact countries in case of war. It is also protected against biological and radioactive weapons due to the filtering and ventilation machinery. The construction is so solid that nothing has been able to damage the labyrinth corridors and chambers and even today, the concrete is sound and intact. The 1st Floor housed a hospital with a secret entrance and a spy room, serviced by 30 doctors + a special room for electric shock treatment, an ancillary room with medical supplies, a plaster room, a space for bed-ridden patients, a space for persons affected by chemical warfare agents and a restroom for personnel. The Spy Room had cables connected to it from all hotel rooms.
The second underground level recalled the luxury of the upper hotel levels and was intended to have only exclusive access. The two levels together could accommodate two hundred and eighty persons. The third level is where the technical equipment was. It holds a water reservoir, which was used for drinking water as well as water for the hospital. There is a plumbing installation, ventilation facilities, power system connected to an independent power source with a backup device in case of a blackout.
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