Some bathrooms go above and beyond.
Often overlooked, your bathroom is a central part of your house. In fact, it's said that the average person spends about a year and a half in there. But some bathrooms are so interesting, they have become actual tourist destinations. Whether it's the mystique of the cheeks that were in there or something famous (or infamous) had happened; these water closets are at the top of the list for most sought-after bathrooms.
The King's Bathroom
Elvis Presley's estate is actually a huge tourist attraction. Graceland boasts over 500,000 visitors a year and was officially made a National Historic Landmark in 2006. But there is a certain air of mystery that remains around the second floor. It was there in 1977—in the bathroom—that Elvis' body was discovered. Since being opened to the public in 1982, the second floor has remained closed off out of respect to the family, only adding to the allure. There are some pictures to be found online that show it is about as lavish as one would expect, but only Elvis' closest friends and family have actually visited the upstairs.
The Queen's Bathhouse
Near the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh, Scotland, sits an interesting two-story building associated with Mary, Queen of Scots. At one time it was connected to a boundary wall that enclosed the King's Privy Garden. Because of that, most historians believe it was actually used as a summer house. But the rumor is that the Queen used the entire place as a giant bathroom and bathed in sweet white wine.
The Empress' Bathroom
Château de Fontainebleau, southeast of Paris, France, has housed many French monarchs. Empress Eugénie, the wife of Napoleon III, was one of many who wanted to put her own spin on things. All around this reportedly spacious bathroom, she hung swaths of lush fabric on the walls and even on the tub itself. Lavish fabrics can be found all over the palace, but Eugénie really wanted to go the extra mile.
The Emperor's Bathroom
After conquering most of Italy, Napoleon Boneparte moved his sister (Elisa Baciocchi) in and had her rule in his name at the Palazzo Pitti. She wanted to do some significant remodeling so, on the noble floor of the Palace (the current Palatine Gallery), waits a restroom with a lot of marble. There are statues and columns; trophies and musical instruments hang on the walls. The ceiling is a work of art in itself. Unfortunately, Napoleon never actually used this bathroom, but it sure is fit for a king—um, emperor.
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