There are lots of art and architecture which are famous in the world. But if you deeply study the history of these icons, you’ll find some mysterious things. Here we present you a list of some mysterious icons. We bet you get amazed when you know about that.
1. The Eiffel Tower: Top-floor apartment
Gustave Eiffel, who designed France’s most famous monument, built an apartment for himself on its topmost floor. He used it to rest and receive guests. This apartment has a kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, and a living room, and, of course, boasts spectacular views. Now, it serves as a museum, with a wax statue of Eiffel and Edison.
2. Statue of Liberty: The broken chain on the feet
France gave the Statue of Liberty to the USA in honor of the 100th anniversary of the American Revolution. The reason for the broken chain a the feet is Freedom, Democracy, and the repeal of slavery.
3. The Isleworth Mona Lisa
We all know that many artists have reproduced the famous Mona Lisa. But it’s believed that da Vinci himself also painted it again, and this one is no copy. As per experts, this is simply an earlier version of da Vinci’s masterpiece.
4. Mount Rushmore: The time capsule
The architect of this famous monument Gutzon Borglum wanted to create a secret room where future generations would find the fundamental records of and information about the USA’s history. Soon after, Borglum died, and his plan was incomplete. After 50 years of his death, copies of important documents of various presidents were placed inside the unfinished hall, which now serves as a time capsule.
5. The Sphinx’s original appearance
The oldest statue in the world. Originally, it was decorated with bright paint, only fragments of which remain today behind one of its ears. It also had a nose and a ceremonial beard.
6. The creation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
It contains many secrets.No one knows who actually built the bell tower for Pisa’s cathedral. The main reason for this mystery is that it was built over the course of nearly 200 years.
7. The face of Rembrandt’s Danaë
Rembrandt started painting Danaë after two years of his marriage to Saskia van Uylenburgh. The painting was recreated after his spouse’s death, at a time when he was infatuated with another woman, Geertje Dircx. The facial features of this painting were changed in such a way that they combined both of his lovers’ features.
8. The name of the most famous tourist attraction in Britain
Until September 2012, the official name was ”The Bell Tower of the Palace of Westminster.” Now its official name is “The Elizabeth Tower.” Currently, no one knows in whose honor the bell was named Big Ben. Theory suggests it was named after Benjamin Count, a heavyweight boxing champion.
9. The color of the Golden Gate Bridge
The most photographed landmarks in the world. Earlier, the Navy wanted it to be painted in black and yellow stripes so that it would be visible in fog easily. But in last, Irving Morrow convinced the military to paint it a dark orange color. Which was visible in all weather conditions and also gave it an attractive appearance.
10. The sky in the painting The Scream
The initial name of this legendary painting by Edvard Munch was The Scream of Nature.
A huge quantity of volcanic dust was thrown up into the atmosphere, because of which extremely bright flame-like sunsets were observed all around the world over the following few years.