Little Known Secrets About Some Of The Most Touristy Places In The World

    When you go on holiday, there are always places that are recommended for tourists. These are often major attractions and there already exists a plethora of info on most of these attractions. In some cases, there are a couple of secrets that very few people are aware of. Here is a list of some things you might not have known about your favorite attraction.

    The Leaning Tower of Pisa

    When the Tower of Pisa was first constructed, it was already a bit of a disaster. During the first year of construction, they realized that it was leaning to one side. They started to fill up the foundations and it started to lean to the South.

    Mount Fuji

    Mount Fuji is not as calm and docile as it might seem. The mountain is actually a stratovolcano or three volcanoes in one. If that is not scary enough, it is still considered as being active which means it can blow at any moment.

    The Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall of China is considered to be the most important structure of all time. This is because it spans over 6000 km and took over 2000 years to complete. It is said that the people who died during its construction were buried in the foundations of the wall.

    Machu Picchu

    When you go and visit this historic site, you might also wonder how the Incas got all the stones up the mountain. Archeologists and scientists have been puzzled over this conundrum for years. Some people reckon the stones were already there and others believe that the Incas had a sophisticated transporting mechanism.

    The Sphinx of Giza

    Not to take anything away from the Great Sphinx of Giza, but in reality, it is not exactly a sphinx. According to archeologists, a sphinx has a body of a lion, the head of a woman and the wings of a bird. Technically, the Sphinx of Giza is only an androsphinx.

    The Golden Gate Bridge

    This iconic bridge nearly looked like something that belonged in a circus. The architect initially wanted the bridge to be painted in blue and yellow stripes. Thank goodness he had a change of heart when he saw the red and decided to stick with it. It’s hard to imagine this marvel of construction in any other color.

    Big Ben

    If someone mentions the name Big Ben, the immediate image that pops up in your mind is the famous structure in England. When someone mentions the Elizabeth Tower, they might think it is a new tower to commemorate the Queen. The truth is that Big Ben’s original name was The Elizabeth Tower.

    The Taj Mahal

    Here is another structure that will go down in history as one of the most magnificent. The Taj Mahal cost nearly $1 billion to construct and it took over 22 years to complete even though 20 000 people worked on it.

    Times Square

    Times Square is something to behold. If you’ve never been there, you have to make your first trip at night using the subway. There are no words to describe the lights and sights when you emerge from underground. It’s no wonder that over 50 million people take the time to go and experience the city that never sleeps.

    The Louvre

    The Louvre was originally built to be a fortress in 1192, but today it is the biggest museum in the world. It’s so big, you’ll need a couple of days to see everything that it has to offer. If you walk fast, you might be able to do it in under 100 days…no jokes.