8 jaw-dropping facts about the famous Breakers mansion in Newport

Newport, Rhode Island is a charming New England city characterized by rich history, quaint shops and restaurants and yacht-filled harbors.

Amongst museums, bars and plenty of historical landmarks, perhaps one of Newport’s most well-known attractions is its iconic Cliff Walk, where opulent, timeless mansions sit perched above the ocean to be adored and — if open to the public — visited.

Right off of the Cliff Walk path lies the most famous of all the mansions in Newport: The Breakers.

The Breakers mansion was commissioned to be built by railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1893 and quickly became the summer home for the Vanderbilt family for generations to come, 

Now a National Historic Landmark, visiting the Breakers is rated as one of top three things to do in Newport and is seen as a tangible symbol of the Vanderbilt family's wealth and social superiority.

Here are 8 little-known facts about the massive estate that will make you even more enticed to step inside yourself:

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The mansion was built in just two years (1893-1895) and cost what would have been the equivalent of about $150 million today.

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The mansion was named 'The Breakers' after the waves that constantly crash into the cliffs below the property.

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In 1948, The Breakers opened to the public when Countess Szapary (Cornelius Vanderbilt's great-grandaughter) leased the estate to the Preservation Society of Newport County for a mere $1 each year.

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The Preservation Society of Newport County finally bought the Breakers in 1972 for $366,475.

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The Breakers is technically classified as one of Newport's "summer cottages."

Members of the Vanderbilt family were permitted to use the third floor of the mansion as their own residence up until January 2018.

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There are a grand total of 70 rooms in the mansion, 33 of which are designated for staff.

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The design was inspired by both Genoa and Turin palaces of the 16th century.

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