9 erroneous beliefs about world-famous places of interest

Find out the most widespread myths about world-famous sights that we believed were true. Perhaps, they will surprise you too.

Sometimes facts about the most popular places of interest are such an absolute truth for us as the fact that Earth revolves around the Sun. We don't question them, though maybe occasionally we should: some of them are nothing more than just legends or misbeliefs.

Did you know these facts are just misbeliefs? Or maybe you can recall other misperceptions of well-known places that most people believe to be true? Your commentary is welcome!

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Jim Adams
Common knowledge for most of them. However, Abu-Dhabi Falling Tower was built to look like that, so it shouldn’t count.
Sep 1, 2019 6:55PM
Leonardo Scamacca
Wouldn’t whether a man made structure being visible from space boil down to how far into space one is? One way or the other, this is very arbitrary.
Nov 5, 2021 7:29PM
St. Peter's is not a cathedral, it is a basilica.
Nov 6, 2020 4:44PM
Anyone worth their salt would know Angel Falls is the highest in the world! It was discovered by Johnny Angel when his plane crashed nearby.
Jul 29, 2020 2:40PM
Marquita Simmons
Jim Adams, I agree.
Oct 15, 2019 11:03AM
Interesting tidbits. With #8, it depends how you define desert. Most climatologists would define it at about the 10"precipitation isohyet. That being the case, both pictures are in the desert. I assume population pressures in Egypt have increased development there, so the town naturally encroaches. I would argue that the pyramids are still quite impressive when one compares their height and immensity with that of the town.
Jun 9, 2019 4:18PM
Lynne Zeman
Good info. Thx
Jun 3, 2019 1:59PM
Thanks for the info! Never to old to learn!
May 16, 2019 9:38AM
Never 2 old to learn something new
Feb 15, 2019 4:58PM
Richard D. Boyle
I appreciate the refutation of commonly accepted myths in any form. Thank you very much.
Dec 26, 2018 6:15PM
Bob Pam Hanna
Very interesting indeed.
Nov 28, 2018 9:25PM
Judy Acosta
I like this info
Aug 6, 2018 7:11PM
Trevor Craddy
Interesting enough.
Jul 13, 2018 5:55AM
Patricia Calvert
Thank You
May 31, 2018 7:42PM
Marlene Gunn
No:9?? Is there another man made structure that is visible from space??? OR - is the Great Wall NOT visible from space?
May 29, 2018 12:06AM

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