4 myths about famous landmarks
There are places in the world, which are known to all people, even those who do not like to travel. For example, if you've never been to New York, you have probably heard about the Statue of Liberty, but it looks like Stonehenge know not only the British and tourists. However, not everything that is known about these places of interest, can be trusted. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about the famous places.
1. Stars and Stripes flag on the moon for a long time there is
Many saw the famous image of the lunar surface, where close to Neil Armstrong waving a bright star-striped flag as a symbol of the achievements of the US space industry.
Buzz Aldrin, Armstrong participated with the famous flight, said that the mission "Apollo" Six Flags has been delivered to the Moon, one of the astronauts who are too close to the launch site, and blew his engine, "Apollo 11".
The flags now look quite different, as in the picture: over the years, the fabric is completely faded under the scorching rays of the sun - the moon because there is no atmosphere, so that the stars and stripes gave way to pure white.
2. Druids did not build Stonehenge
The mysterious stones of Stonehenge for centuries excite the minds of researchers and visionaries. The construction looks like a giant children's blocks, which unknown to the gods decided to play. Some people believe that these ancient boulders brought here druids to spend here their mysterious rituals, but this is not true.
Scientists exposed stones radiocarbon analysis that showed - Stonehenge erected hundreds of years: the first stones were brought here between 2400 m and 2200 m over the years BC. e., and was completed around 1600, the year BC. e, so that the Druids in this to participate could not -. they are also simply not there. The spread of this legend promoted English archaeologist and theologian William Stukeley (William Stuckeley), who lived in the XVIII-th century. Stukeley studied the history of the Celts, and even conducted the ceremony with his wife in the image and likeness of the Druid, and, apparently, his enthusiasm to convince everyone that Stonehenge had a hand in the Celts.
3. The bridge, which everyone calls "London", it is not the
One of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, the so-called London Bridge is actually another name. In this question it is wrong even Google search engine, bringing to the relevant image other structures that knowledgeable people know how to Tower Bridge - it's like that, instead of the desired image to see the Hermitage to Catherine Palace.
London This bridge connects the two urban areas - the City and Southwark, separated by the main English River Thames. Modern bridge was opened in 1973, its predecessor was here 1831 years, the bridges were built in this place before (according to some - even in Roman times), and always had the same name - London Bridge .
It remains unclear when there was confusion with the names, but it just so happened that the "face" of the British capital became the name Tower Bridge.
4. What made the French give the United States the Statue of Liberty?
The Statue of Liberty has always been a symbol of hope for Americans and freedom, it is also contemplated that it protects travelers arriving in the country, the beggars and the destitute, as evidenced by a poem by Emma Lazarus, engraved on the plate, mounted in a pedestal. These famous lines: "Keep, ancient lands, praise the centuries themselves!"
calling out silently. "Give me your tired people, all eager to breathe freely, abandoned in need of close shores of the persecuted, the poor and orphans.
So send them, homeless and exhausted, to me, I lift my torch at the golden gates. "
However, the statue originally had nothing to do with the tired wanderers and outcasts seeking shelter.
"Lady Liberty" was created by the French, dissatisfied with the authoritarian regime of the Emperor Napoleon III. A huge sculpture, donated by the United States in honor of the centennial independence, as it suggests that all is not so rosy in France.
The construction of the statue was financed not by the government of Napoleon III, as well the French people: Donations came from all corners of France.
Interestingly, some Catholics were opposed to setting a huge sculptures, considering the Statue of Liberty to the pagan idol, and they were far from the truth, because it is nothing like the image of the Roman goddess of freedom Liberty.