Myths v/s Truth- Mind Blowing Facts About Famous Landmarks

  • NIYATI SHINDE
  • Feb 29, 2016
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In today’s world, there are plenty of common beliefs that have been passed down from generation to generation. But, what if the facts that you believe in are actually myths? How many of the ‘facts’ and ‘truths’ that you trust are based on some solid foundation and how many are completely false? There are many misconceptions that people have about some of the most famous monuments and landmarks on the planet. Here, TripHobo debunks some of the most popular myths associated with famous landmarks. 

 

Big Ben:

 

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Myth:

The famed and architecturally marvellous Big Ben in the city of London is a clock tower.

Truth:

The clock tower is called ‘Elizabeth Tower’. ‘Big Ben’ is actually the name of the bell inside the tower.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral:

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Myth:

A spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow was ordered to be built by Ivan the Terrible to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan. It is said that Ivan had the architects blinded to ensure that they would never design something as beautiful as this building.

Truth:

It is a fact that after the death of Ivan the Terrible, some of the old architects were re-employed to make extensions to the building. This would have been impossible had the architects been blind. Ivan the Terrible was not so terrible afterall!

Statue Of Liberty:

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Myth:

The most famous representative of the United States of America, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of American freedom. Welcoming newcomers to the island, the statue is considered as a symbol of American immigration, obviously so because of the ‘The New Colossus’ poem attached to its pedestal.

Truth:

When unveiled, the statue had nothing to do with immigrants or immigration. Infact, in the year 1886, during the statue’s dedication ceremony, immigrants were not even mentioned! And the now famous ‘The New Colossus’ poem  by Emma Lazarus wasn't attached to the statue’s pedestal until almost 20 years later.

London Bridge:

 

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Myth:

When you search for the London Bridge, is this the image that pops up? Well, you are being fooled! This marvellous piece of architecture is actually the ‘Tower Bridge’.

Truth:

 

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This is the actual London Bridge! Mind boggling information right?!

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The White House:

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Myth:

The ‘White’ House was actually painted white after the British forces set fire to it during the War of 1812. It is said that prior to this incident, the house was painted in a dull grey coat.

Truth:

It is true that the British burnt down the White House in the year 1814. However, it was not painted in grey before that. The White House has had the iconic paint job since 1798, or maybe even earlier.

Pyramids Of Giza:

 

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Myth:

The mysterious and intriguing Pyramids of Giza are located in the middle of nowhere, in an arid desert. 

Truth:

If you have only seen photos of the spectacular pyramids, you might be under the impression that the pyramids are situated bang in the middle of the desert. But it’s a myth. The photographs are taken in such a way and in such particular angles that it seems like they're in the middle of nowhere. In reality, they are located just a few minutes away from the city of Giza.

Buckingham Palace:

 

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Myth:

The Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen.

Truth:

Like most of you, even I used to believe that the Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen. However, her ‘official place of residence’ is the St. James Palace.

Hoover Dam:

 

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Myth:

The workers who died during the construction of the Hoover Dam are buried inside the walls of the dam.

Truth:

One of the largest dams in the world, over 96 workers died during the construction of the Hoover Dam. But, it is a myth that the bodies were buried within the concrete of the dam.  

Capitol Dome:

 

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Myth:

In Washington DC, no building can be taller than the dome of the Capitol because ‘politics needs to keep a watchful eye over everything’ in this city. 

Truth:

The real reason behind the lack of skyscrapers in Washington DC is because of the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 which limits the building heights to no more than the width of the street plus 6 meters. 

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Stonehenge:

 

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Myth:

Stonehenge was built by the Druids.

Truth:

Although it is a popular opinion that the Stonehenge was built by the Druids (the priestly class in ancient Celtic societies), modern archaeologists believe that the Stonehenge was built over a period of hundreds of years. Radiocarbon dating has confirmed that some of the raised stones date back to 1600 B.C., a time when the Druids did not occupy the region.

The Great Wall Of China:

 

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Myth:

The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space.

Truth:

Being the longest wall on the planet, you’d believe that the Great Wall of China would be visible from space. In 2003, Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei debunked this myth by saying that the wall is not visible from space. Since then, China has stopped mentioning this ‘fact’ in its school text books. Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut said that although he could not see the Great Wall from space, he could make out other man-made structures such as irrigation ditches and airport runways.  

Eiffel Tower:

 

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Myth:

The Eiffel Tower is named after its designer Mr. Gustave Eiffel.

Truth:

Although Mr. Gustave Eiffel was the engineer behind the construction of the most photographed landmark in Europe, the Eiffel Tower was designed by Mr. Gustave’s employees Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier.

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