12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected

       12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected

In brochures, countries are
depicted as pure paradise and the pictures are so incredible that you just
can’t believe your eyes. But sometimes the fairytale scenery turns out to be
dull. We don’t want to upset you before your well-deserved vacation, we just
want to bust the myths about famous places to help you be prepared.
Bright Side has decided to
show some popular tourist attractions the way they actually are.
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de

12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
The statue of Christ the
Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro isn’t even bigger than the Statue of Liberty’s
pedestal. The height of the statue in Brazil with its pedestal is just 124 ft
and the Statue of Liberty’s basement and pedestal are 153 ft high. The full
height of the Statue of Liberty is 305 ft.

Game of Thrones filming
locations, Dubrovnik, Croatia

12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
If you’re a Game of Thrones
fan and you want to visit Dubrovnik to enjoy the places where your favorite
scenes were filmed, be ready for crowds of people, especially in summer. The
government has even decided to limit the number of people to 4,000 per day to
protect the historic city center.
Pyramids, Egypt

12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
When we hear “Egyptian
pyramids” we imagine a vast desert, the scorching sun, camels, and other
Egyptian attributes. We can hardly imagine that these masterpieces are
extremely close to a city but the truth is the pyramids are located on the
outskirts of Cairo.
Also, there are millions of
street vendors and cunning locals that can really spoil your impression of the
ancient city.
Swing at the end of the world,
Banos, Ecuador

12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
The famous swing at the end of
the world in Ecuador is a good example that proves that everything depends on
the right angle. When you look at these incredible pictures, it seems like
there’s just an abyss under your feet but there’s actually just a steep hill.
We still don’t recommend falling off the swing!
Park Güell, Barcelona

        12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
Almost every single brochure
shows you the beauty of the gingerbread houses located in Barcelona. Those
who’ve never been to Catalonia may think that the city is full of small cozy
houses. But you’ll only have a chance to see these at Park Güell. The bad news
is, there are only 2 gingerbread houses and you’ll have to wait in a huge line
and pay €8.5 to get inside. We think it’s more reasonable to enjoy the
magnificent view while standing on the observation deck.

Spanish Steps, Rome

12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
You won’t have a chance to run
down the stairs holding your partner’s hand. You’ll actually be really lucky if
you’ll manage to find a place to sit. Is that what you’re dreaming about?
Chizhik-Pyzhik, Saint
Petersburg, Russia

12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
The statue of a bird located
in Saint Petersburg will really astonish you with its… size. Not many
tourists know how extremely small it is! But if it was bigger, everyone would
be able to successfully throw coins on its pedestal and all dreams would have
to come true.

12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
The Maldives aren’t just about
blue skies, the sparkling sea, and soft sand. They’re also about Thilafushi, an
artificial island that acts as a huge garbage dump. This island is used to
collect all the trash left behind by tourists. Environmentalists say that more
than 330 tons of garbage are brought to Thilafushi every day! In 2011, the
government temporarily banned the transporting of waste to the island.
By the way, around 1,000
people live there nowadays.

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles,

12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
Don’t even think about taking
a beautiful picture in the middle of the splendid Hall of Mirrors. You won’t
even have a chance to take an ordinary selfie: this place is very overcrowded —
you’ll just float down with the “stream” of people.
Manneken Pis, Brussels

12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
This statue may disappoint if
you were expecting to see it completely undressed. In reality, the boy usually
pees wearing different costumes. By the way, the process of changing clothes is
accompanied by an orchestra. We personally think that this fact makes this
statue even more interesting!
Stonehenge, the United Kingdom

      12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
If you think that Stonehenge
is located in a distant and mysterious place, you’re completely wrong. There’s
also a highway that might spoil your romantic idea of how it will look.
The Taj Mahal, India

           12 Famous Places That Don’t Look Like We Expected
On the internet, there are
millions of pictures of the gorgeous Taj Mahal surrounded by incredible views.
Unfortunately, it’s located near a huge garbage dumping ground. It used to be a
spot for tourists, but the area has now become a home for dogs, mosquitoes,
snakes, and vultures and now seriously interferes with the beauty of the
Monument of Love.
Have you ever been to these
places? Did you enjoy the views? We still hope that you’ll be really thankful
that life gives you such an incredible opportunity and you’ll only notice the
good things, because the world is just amazing!

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.