It’s time to dispel these myths.
Facts about the famous attractions of the world appear to us as absolute truths, like the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun. We put them to the question, although sometimes it would be worth: some of them are nothing more than a legend or delusion.
We have prepared for you a selection of the most common myths about world landmarks, to which we ourselves believed. Perhaps you and they too will be surprised.
9. Big Ben is the clock tower
One of the most famous symbols of London and England in General, — the clock tower that we all called big Ben. Actually her name is Elizabeth Tower, and until 2012 it was known as Clock tower of Westminster Palace.
Then why is big Ben? Yes, because this name is the largest of the bells of the tower, which has such a recognizable “voice.” And that is why it is often said “calling from big Ben”, the tower to call can not and bell — very even.
8. The Dead sea is the saltiest water
It is true to say that the Dead sea is the most salty of the seas, but to believe that there splashing the salty water in the world, it is not necessary, though many make this error. The salinity level of the Dead sea reaches 28 %, which is undoubtedly impressive but not a record.
A salinity of 35% can boast let not the sea, but quite a large lake Assal in Djibouti in East Africa.
7. Stonehenge was built by druids
Few know that modern scientists have refuted the druid the origin of one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and with the help of radiocarbon Dating has proven that Stonehenge where ancient druids, so thank them for construction is not necessary.
At the moment, the researchers are of the opinion that the mysterious Stonehenge was built in several stages, the first of which refers to the period about 3 000 years BC.
6. Architects of St. Basil’s Cathedral blinded
We are all still at school remember the story of what Ivan the terrible was so impressed with St. Basil’s Cathedral, which bears the official name of the Cathedral of the Intercession of the blessed virgin on the Moat, ordered to blind the architects Barma and Postnik Yakovlev, so they could never build a Cathedral more beautiful.
But if the fasting really participated in the construction of St. Basil’s Cathedral, it could not be blinded, because a few years later he worked on construction of the Kazan Kremlin.
5. The leaning tower of Pisa — the leaning
Home “falling” attraction, I love to be photographed by tourists, actually has a rather small angle of inclination — only 3.54 degrees.
But the skyscraper Capital Gate, which is frequently called the Leaning tower of Abu Dhabi, fell in the “Guinness Book of records” as the building with the largest slope in the world — it deviates to the West at 18 degrees.
4. St. Peter’s Cathedral — the largest
St. Peter’s Cathedral, which we all know as the heart of the Vatican, many people mistakenly believe the largest Cathedral in the world. And although his size is really impressive, because it can hold 60,000 people, but its competitor — the Basilica of the blessed virgin Mary of Peace in Yamoussoukro, côte d’ivoire, twice as much. She even made it into the “Guinness Book of records” as the biggest Church in the world.
3. Niagara falls — the highest in the world
If you ask somebody what he believes falls the highest in the world, you will likely hear the name Niagara. In reality, Niagara falls “Horseshoe”, “Veil” and “Canadian falls”, while impressive for its width, but the height differ — 53 meters, and the visible height is less than 21 meters.
But who affects the height, so it’s another American angel falls located in Venezuela. Its height is 979 meters stunning.
2. The pyramids stand in the desert
Imagining the Egyptian pyramids in books and movies, we are confident that they are in a deserted desert, fanned by severe winds. And in fact, the poor areas of Cairo approach them very close, so that sight is not too impressive.
1. Wall of China visible from space
For a long time existed a myth that the Chinese wall is the only structure built by human hands, which is visible even from space. Alas, in 2003, it was denied by the Chinese cosmonaut Yan livey (Yang Liwei). The event had such resonance that even the Chinese government promised to remove the information from all textbooks in the country.
And you knew these facts — only error? Or perhaps you can think of other misconceptions about the attractions, which the majority believes to be true?