They cause a lot of questions.
You know that “Aurora” the Aurora is a fake, and not the legendary cruiser, the gunman in the Winter? However, it is not one in a considerable list giperpopulyarnyh world-famous attractions, which are actually not real. Unfortunately, nowadays many monuments and if you dig a little deeper their history, will be at best a remake, if not a fake, which aims only to attract tourists.
Here are just five of the dozens, if not hundreds, of such examples.
THE HOUSE OF JULIET, ITALY
Millions of tourists come every year to Verona, perceiving it only as the city of Romeo and Juliet. And seek on via Cappello, 23, where the kind lived and unhappy Juliet.
And this despite the fact that none of the characters did not really exist, and places of pilgrimage of tourists was just the namesakes of literary heroes. Charles Dickens once came to Verona, and decided to visit the old Palace of the Capulets and found that “it is a miserable tavern. The yard was full of old carriages, carts, geese and pigs… and the kitchen door was decorated with a very unsentimental lady”.
“Temple of love” unpresentable from home made the city of Verona, who in the early twentieth century bought it from the owners, repaired, installed a bronze figure of Juliet and started to “sell” a story. I must say, very successfully.
“Pilgrims” from around the world come on Salisbury plain, near London, to look at one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Up to a point the fact that the monument is in pristine condition, though they were built by druids 3,000 years BC, is not questioned.
However, investigations in recent years have proved that in the 50-60-ies of the last century, British authorities completely dismantled which was in a deplorable state monument and built it again practically from scratch — something which even the Bay Foundation and strengthening the stones fittings.
The most ardent critics of Stonehenge say that the stones already there “not real”. But then of course they go too far — the stones left the same, except that some moved to other places.
THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA, CHINA
The great wall, according to legend began in the III century BC at the behest of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di, to protect the country from invasions of nomadic peoples. The total length of the walls — not less than 13 000 km. It was built for generations, but with the fall of China’s Manchu Qing dynasty (1644-1911) work stopped.
It is clear that over time, the wall is dilapidated in many places collapsed and, of course, does not fulfill its purpose. In fact, in this form a substantial part of it remains still.
And those small sections, which lead the crowd of tourists — essentially, the same replica: the wall for the fun of tourists began to rebuild only in 1984 on the initiative of Deng Xiaoping.
THE LOCH NESS MONSTER, SCOTLAND
Tourists — not too frequent visitors in Northern Scotland. And if not for the legend of the Loch ness, they probably would have been ten times less. Really, should I go to land’s end only to see the highlanders in tartan kilts and eat Haggis famous?
They say the first Nessie saw the Roman legions who sought to conquer Scotland. But a modern reincarnation of the myth appeared in the 30-ies of the last century — from the first photos, which were allegedly captured a monster. Since then, Nessie has seen some 40,000 witnesses, was held dozens of scientific expeditions, but it somehow failed to provide convincing evidence of the legend.
Don’t assume those same children’s duck photo taken at a distance with a large approximation, which for a long time were given for the underwater monster. But tourists from all over the world seem to like this harmless deception, and their number in the vicinity of Loch ness every year at least does not decrease.
POCHINSKI FOREST, LATVIA
Our Baltic neighbors have managed to create a beautiful legend from the usual gravitational anomalies. In Pekinska forest near the Latvian city of Dobele man quickens the pulse, and the compass is deflected arrow. In the mid 70-ies of the NASA satellites recorded a powerful unknown source of underground radiation.
Geologists in cautious terms explain the nature of the anomaly of geological structure of the array, and the presence of some gravitational anomalies. But, according to local legend, the forest is fueling people with energy and cures all diseases. The main Latvian pakanavedet was a former engineer and healer Ivar Viks. He argued that all 30 of the hills man-made forest, and scattered through the woods masonry a part of a complex mosaic that creates a certain energy field. Whatever it was, and local businessmen has created a good business with tourists and people who want healing. “Pilgrims”, of course, less than that of Juliet’s house, but humble enough Latvians.
Few people know that the Parking lot at the Petrograd embankment not even a remake, but the most natural model of a cruiser, the last three wars and two revolutions. From the ship, fought with Japan and Germany, on the current “Aurora” was only a piece of the car, the radio and the bell.
A genuine cruiser revolution for three decades rotting in the Luga Bay of the Gulf of Finland. The local inhabitants plundered it during the Soviet era. To this day in the villages you can see the stairs from avramovski ladders and ship’s porthole became a window of the toilet.
“Aurora” was launched on 11 may 1900 in the presence of the Royal family. Three years the cruiser was completed and tested. Then the “Aurora” managed to walk through the Baltic, Atlantic, Mediterranean sea, so that by the time the Russo-Japanese war was perhaps not the best combat ship built for the last time. This was confirmed during the famous transition of the Second Pacific squadron, formed in the Baltic sea and thrown to the aid of the Japanese besieged Port Arthur. After signing the peace Treaty with Japan and a lengthy repair Aurora returned to the Baltic. Then there was the revolution and the volley. During the civil cruiser was idling at the dock in Kronstadt, as the entire crew was dispatched on the land fronts, then became a training ship.
The great Patriotic went through the “Aurora” roller. In July 1941, the cruiser took all the guns and formed a battery called “Aurora”, who died in the battles with German tanks. The ship itself, only armed with anti-aircraft gun, fired from the air and from the ground, quickly came into complete disrepair and, eventually, sank.
After the war, what remained of the heroic cruiser revolution, raised, rebuilt by the legendary “Varyag” and gave the Gorky film Studio for the filming of the same movie. That’s what the ship and stood on eternal Parking to the Nakhimov naval school on 17 November 1947.
But he took his time. By the beginning of 1980-ies the lower part of the hull simply rotted away. From the hold all day pumped water. It became clear that to pompous celebration of the 70th anniversary of October, the cruiser is not worthy. 18 Aug 1984, Aurora went to Severnaya Verf. Then her eyes followed the people of Leningrad did not know that you see the genuine remains of the cruiser of revolution in recent times.
In fact, at the shipyard began construction of a new ship. It cost the state 35 million rubles “Aurora” cut along the body. In the new design put only a few well-preserved elements of the old ship. So on the Petrograd embankment back full remake.
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