When we visit majestic and awe-inspiring landmarks around the world, it is hard to imagine that they weren't always there. However, the landscape of the past did look quite different. You might be amused and surprised to learn what used to occupy the sites of some of the most famous landmarks. Test your knowledge of what used to be there.
An inspiring symbol of hope and freedom, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous structures in the world. What was there before Lady Liberty kept a watchful eye over New York Harbor?
Standing 630 feet (192 meters) high over the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the symbol of our country's westward expansion. What was there before this architectural feat took shape?
The Empire State Building offers unmatched views of New York and neighboring states from its 86th and 102nd floor observatories. What was there before the first visitor took the ride to the top?
Spanning the Thames River, in 1896 the London Bridge was the busiest place in London, with almost 9,000 people crossing it every hour. What was there before the London Bridge became the place to go?
St. Peter's Square is now the core of Vatican City, the smallest country in the world. What was there before the Pope took up residence?
chariot racing stadium
Famous gangsters such as Al Capone, Robert Stroud and Machine Gun Kelly occupied cells in the prison on Alcatraz Island. What was there before they planned their escape from the escape-proof prison?
all-inclusive vacation resort
The President's House mansion in Philadelphia served as the home of first two presidents of the United States before the White House was completed. What was there before they called it home?
the Liberty Bell
Headquarters for the British forces in America
the Museum of Transportation
The Louvre in Paris, France, holds a collection of more than 100,000 works, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. What was there before this famous art gallery?
site for guillotine executions
An Elizabethan public theatre often associated with William Shakespeare, the Globe Theatre reopened in 1995. What was there before theatregoers began enjoying classic plays in the venue?
Visited by princesses from around the world, Cinderella's castle sits in the middle of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. What was there before she first waved from the balcony?