Historic landmarks have been attracting tourists for hundreds - in some cases, thousands - of years. Monuments like the Roman Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Eiffel Tower are so distinct that you can probably identify them just by their silhouettes - but what do you really know about them?
Everyone enjoys sharing fun facts, and there's a ton of historic landmarks trivia to explore on the Today I Learned subreddit. Below is a selection of some of the coolest - dare we say, monumental - landmark knowledge. Vote up the facts that genuinely surprise you.
From Redditor u/dnna2610:
TIL that Beijing's Forbidden City, built in 1420, was so well-designed that it has withstood over 200 earthquakes, and can withstand one with magnitude 10.1 on the Richter scale.Surprising?
From a former Redditor:
TIL Macchu Picchu was built in 1450, making it far younger than Oxford University, York Minster, The Divine Comedy by Dante, and the printing press.
[Editor's Note: According to Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas, the Incan citadel dates back to between 1450 and 1470. That makes it indeed "far younger" than Oxford University, which is around 1,000 years old. York Minster dates back to the 7th century, so that checks out, too. And the Divine Comedy was completed in 1320. However, Johannes Gutenberg "began experimenting with printing in Strasbourg, France, in 1440... and by 1450, had a printing machine perfected and ready to use commercially." So, for the sake of accuracy, Machu Picchu is younger than the Gutenberg press, but by only a smidge.]Surprising?
From Redditor u/thomaspv:
TIL that Chichen Itza was constructed so that, on the spring and autumn equinox, the image of a snake slithering down the pyramid's northern staircase to honor the Mayan deity Kukulan, the Feathered Serpent.Surprising?
From Redditor u/PGNatsu:
TIL the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, collects about $4,000 worth of coins every day. Most of the money goes towards charities like a supermarket for the needy.Surprising?