Friday Listicle: Famous Monuments Struck By Lightning!

Did you know that lightning strikes 40-50 times a second worldwide? As lightning strikes the tallest object in an area, our precious landmarks are left vulnerable to Mother Nature's electric currents. Do not fret - most, if not all, of our historic monuments have been installed with lightning rods. Now that we got the worry out of the way, let us enjoy the beauty of our world's famous monuments being struck by lightning!

1. The Statue of Liberty, New York City: Our beloved Lady Liberty, one of the most famous landmarks in New York, has been struck by lightning so many times that no one knows the exact number. Although, some believe that she has been struck over 600 times since her birth in 1886!

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2. Washington Monument, Washington D.C.: The beautiful and historic Washington Monument gets struck by lightning at least once a year and is protected by eight lightning rods.

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3. Eiffel Tower, Paris: The second highest tower in France is struck by lightning a good number of times each year. After an unlucky strike in 1902, the top 300 feet of the magnificent tower had to be reconstructed!

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4. Bay Bridge, San Francisco: During a major thunderstorm in San Fran, the 75 year old Bay Bridge was struck by a whopping nine bolts of lightning!

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5. CN Tower, Toronto: This famous Canadian Tower is struck by lightning about 60 times a year!

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Questions? Email the author of this post, Dee Tiwari, at deepanjali@roomorama.com.