There are countless iconic landmarks that dot the globe, each with its own unique story and significance. However, even the most famous of these landmarks harbor secrets and fascinating facts that are often overlooked.
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower grows and shrinks with the seasons? Due to thermal expansion, the iron structure can change its height by up to 15 centimeters (about 6 inches) depending on the temperature.
The Statue of Liberty wasn’t always green. When it was first erected in 1886, it was a dull brown color, the natural hue of its copper cladding. It took about 30 years for the statue to develop its now-iconic green patina.
While famous for its accidental tilt, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is also home to a lesser-known fact: it was once a bell tower. The seven bells on top, each representing a note in the musical major scale, are seldom rung due to fear of exacerbating the tower’s lean.