Certain places in the world are real icons – sites that people everywhere can identify immediately even if they never set foot there themselves. And places like these, for example, the Eiffel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge, are usually photographed from the same flattering angle. But what happens when you look at each of these sites from another and maybe even more interesting angle? You can call it “behind-the-scenes at the most famous sites in the world”, before they became what they are today. Here are 22 surprising and often stunning historical photographs that will make you see all of these famous tourist attractions a little differently from now on.
Tourists catching some sun on top of one of the Great Pyramids in Giza
Walt Disney on Opening Day at Disneyland, 1955
The Main Upperclass Dining Room on the Titanic
The Construction of the Eiffel Tower, 1888.
The shadow of a man burned into the ground after the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima
The Hollywood(land) sign looking down on Los Angeles, 1925
The Sydney Opera House under construction, 1973
The construction of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center against a backdrop of New York City, 1971
A group of tourists in Las Vegas enjoy the view of the nuclear testing in 1953
A young couple shows their children off to their grandparents on the other side of the Berlin Wall, 1961
A Native American stands on the roof of Alcatraz during the conquering of the Island, 1970- Advertisement -
Construction of the Statue of Liberty, Winter of 1882
The aftermath of a plane crashing into the Empire State Building, 1945
A Japanese man sails with Mt. Fuji in the background, c. 1890
Smoke rises up from the ruins of London after the Nazi attack, December 29th, 1940
The walls of the National Gallery in London. The artwork was hidden for fear of a Nazi attack during WWII.
Fireworks of victory light up Red Square in Moscow at the end of WWII, 1945- Advertisement -
The construction of the London Bridge, the end of the 19th century
Mt. Rushmore during its carving in 1930, after more than 500,000 tons of granite had been removed
Archaeologists examine the sarcophagus of King Tut after opening his tomb in 1923.
Temporary camps in Central Park in New York City where many lived during the Great Depression
When Niagara Falls “ran dry” in 1969 during an experiment there
Fisherman enjoy a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in the 1930s
The skeleton of Madison Square Gardens, 1966
Construction of the Capitol building in Washington, DC, before the dome was added, 1859Via: buzzfeed