Ever wondered how big The Wall from Game of Thrones would be in real life? Or, which is bigger, Everest or Mount Doom? Dive into Scale of Fiction to compare the scale of monuments and landscapes, real and make believe.
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The Great Wall of China varies in height and measures at between 16 and 26 feet. Maybe a bit surprising seeing as it’s viewed by many as the largest manmade object on Earth. This sentiment comes from the length of the structure (5,500 miles) rather than the height, but it was tall enough to do its job of defending against invasion.
A palace fit for a Queen, however Buckingham Palace pales in height compared to some of our other fiction and non-fiction monuments.
Christ the Redeemer was commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church to watch over Rio. Whilst siting on Mount Corcovado, making it visible from anywhere in the city, the statue itself (including base) measures at 124ft.
Double the height of Buckingham Palace, Winterfell Castle of House Stark (at the start of the book/show anyway) in Game of Thrones stands at an impressive 164ft.
Pedestal and foundation included, Miss Liberty stands at 305ft. How will that compare to some of her fictional contemporaries?
The three Pyramids of Giza measure at 481ft, 471ft, and 218ft in height. Khufu’s pyramid is maybe the largest building ever built on Earth (the non-fictional Earth), made from stone weighing 5.75 million ton in total.
The impregnable Tower of Isengard in Lord of the Rings, home to Saruman the White, is a whopping 500ft in height. How does that compare to equivalent towers in non-fiction?
If the Great Wall of China was considered impregnable to invasion by man, the Wall in Game of Thrones is pretty difficult to conquer too for both man, giant, and everything in between at a height of 700ft. That’s over double the height of the Statue of Liberty.
When built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure at 1063ft. Although it’s been overtaken since, that’s still pretty tall! More than double the height of the Tower of Isengard.
Stark Tower from Iron Man and home to the Avengers peaks above the Eiffel Tower at 1138ft.
Barad-dûr, the Dark Tower of Sauron in Lord of the Rings is a monster of Tower a height of 2000ft, almost double the height of the Eiffel Tower. However, this is still 700ft short of the tallest skyscraper in the non-fiction world.
Mount Doom, the volcano of Mordor where the ring was forged in Lord of the Rings measures at 7,500ft (base included). How does that compare to the tallest mountain on non-fiction Earth?
Mount Doom pales in comparison to Everest, with Everest measuring at 29,028ft in height, around four times the height of Mount Doom. Is there anything bigger in either the fictional or non-fictional world?
Of course there is! The Death Star, the largest man-made object known to fictional man and woman. Ok, maybe the 459,318ft is technically diameter rather than height. But it’s all man-made, so we’re classing it as height too. A monster construction!
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