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Attractions are different. Usually these are objects in which initially invest historical and cultural value – monuments, museums and galleries; sometimes they gain this value in as a result of historical events or by virtue of its antiquity – places battles, ancient castles, palaces, houses. And sometimes it just happens something unusual that attracts people’s attention, and thanks to this becomes a tourist attraction. This article will talk about original and unusual street attractions that can be seen traveling around Europe.
- Overview of unusual roadside attractions in Europe
- Headington Shark (Oxford, UK)
- Kelpy (Granjemouth, Scotland)
- Boar Voynich (Sols-Monclin, France)
- Bulls Osborne (Spain)
- Stone House (Fafe, Portugal)
- Fork (Vevey, Switzerland)
- Snail House (Sofia, Bulgaria)
- Mountain of Crosses (Šiauliai, Lithuania)
- Tuborgflasken (Hellerup, Denmark)
- Royal Heads (Oakley Green, UK)
Overview of unusual roadside attractions in Europe
|Rating of unusual roadside attractions Of Europe||1||Headington Shark (Oxford, UK)||5.0|
|2||Kelpy (Granjemouth, Scotland)||4.9|
|3||Boar Voynich (Sols-Monclin, France)||4.8|
|4||Bulls Osborne (Spain)||4.7|
|5||Stone House (Fafe, Portugal)||4.6|
|6||Fork (Vevey, Switzerland)||4.5|
|7||Snail House (Sofia, Bulgaria)||4.4|
|8||Mountain of Crosses (Šiauliai, Lithuania)||4.3|
|9||Tuborgflasken (Hellerup, Denmark)||4.2|
|10||Royal Heads (Oakley Green, UK)||4.1|
Headington Shark (Oxford, UK)
In the city of Oxford, Headington, on the roof of the most ordinary buildings – house number 2 on New High Street, is a shark from fiberglass, piercing the roof with his head. Local Owner radio host Bill Heine and sculptor John Buckley installed it at night August 9, 1986, on the 41st anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki. Bill Heine claimed to have installed a shark in protest against the “nuclear age”, the Chernobyl disaster and the bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She is a call for nuclear disarmament.
The Oxford City Council, however, did not approve of his initiative. The shark was considered unsafe if it fell from the building. When but after checking it turned out that the shark is not dangerous, found another the reason to remove it is the lack of planning permission work. In addition, there was a suspicion that the shark is only camouflage for unauthorized installation of a television antenna, the height of which exceeds allowed. However after the Minister of Security The environment has decided that the shark can be left since it does not harm the aesthetics of the city, claims were withdrawn. In 2007 The shark has been repaired.
A shark reminding some of the bomb breaking through the roof did the famous Headington, which did not interest tourists until 1986, when this attraction appeared. Residents themselves have long been her they don’t notice, but for the whole world it serves as an example of a bold pacifist art.
Kelpy (Granjemouth, Scotland)
Kelpie is a spirit in Scottish mythology. It appears as a horse coming from a river or lake allows the traveler himself saddle and goes with him under the water. In a Scottish town Granjemouth has sculptures symbolizing Kelpi – two giant twin horseheads guarding the canal Fort Clyde. They were installed by architect Andy Scott in October 2013. of the year.
The height of the sculptures is 35 meters. In addition to aesthetic, Attractions have a practical purpose. Heads slowly moving back and forth, pushing water into the airlock from the east end of the canal and skipping ships. According to the creator, this sculptures should be the first thing a tourist sees sailing to the UK. In addition, Andy Scott suggested that it is these equine heads that will invite a tourist to Scotland
Boar Voynich (Sols-Monclin, France)
The world’s largest boar sculpture is located in France, not far from the Belgian border. This is a landmark appeared here not by chance – among the Normans, the wild boar serves as a symbol military power, strength and courage, the ability to protect their land and their relatives.
The height of the giant boar is 8.5 meters at the withers, the length is 11 meters. The boar was made by sculptor Eric Sleziak. Sculptor completed work by 2008, it took to create the attraction 11 years. The boar is made of steel sheets and weighs 50 tons. there is hatch through which you can go inside the sculpture – it is located lower abdomen of a boar.
The sculpture was collected in a nearby town, and then transported by truck to its place on the hill. He was accompanied by crowds of local people. The boar was mounted on a rotating platform, where it stands and now. Nearby is the French A34 motorway, and drivers driving along it are often photographed next to this a tourist attraction.
Bulls Osborne (Spain)
Bull Osborne is an unofficial national symbol of Spain. it massive, black beast made of metal – emblem sherry brandy Veterano. His figures can be found everywhere in countryside in Spain – total in the country there are 91 bulls of Osborne.
Billboards in the form of bull figures began to be installed since 1958 of the year. At first, the height of the bulls was 4 meters, but began to grow in 1962, when Spain passed a law prohibiting installation billboards closer than 125 meters from the road. To on such in the distance the silhouettes of the bulls were still visible, their height increased to 14 meters. In 1988, when advertising along the roads was completely forbidden, Veterano inscription on the bulls painted over, and since then they began to be perceived as a landmark of the country, and not like an advertisement.
Now the bulls are a peculiar symbol of Spain, a feature of the Spanish landscapes. By the way, he is also an unofficial symbol local sports. Spanish fans often use the image bull Osborne on the flag of the country.
Stone House (Fafe, Portugal)
In Portugal, 10 kilometers northeast of the city of Fafe and 60 kilometers southwest of Porto, there is an unusual house, the foundation and walls of which are four huge stones. is he located on a mountain with a height of 793 meters. The house was built in 1974.
The house is two-story, the height inside is 5.5 meters. Inside the house – typical rustic setting: fireplace, table, bedrooms. Windows and doors the house is bulletproof. Despite being nearby windmills, no electricity to the house – for lighting candles are used. Near the house are other stone facilities – a summer kitchen and now an empty pool.
The owners of the house used it as a place to relax. For this house and placed on a hill, away from the city. However soon the house attracted the attention of tourists, and the owners had to first do fence, and then leave the house. After the house housed a museum where photographs of the surroundings and various artifacts were collected. Now most likely, the house is not accessible for visiting, and make out You can only from a distance of about 100 meters.
Fork (Vevey, Switzerland)
There is a point of interest in the Swiss town of Vevey conspicuous – huge, 8 meters tall, plug stuck to Lake Geneva. This cutlery appeared here in 1995. – it was installed by the artists Georges Favre and Jean-Pierre Zaug when the museum Nutrition Alimentarium celebrated its tenth anniversary.
This attraction immediately attracted the attention of tourists and journalists. But despite this, in 1996 the Alimentarium did not received permission to leave the plug in place. Seen in it the museum’s only advertising medium, which may encourage installation in a lake of other giant advertising sites. Only in 2008 to At the request of local residents, the attraction was returned. In 2014 the fork hit the Guinness Book of Records as the highest in the world.
The attraction is of great interest to tourists, prompting them to take original photos. In 2014, Alimentarium even launched a competition for the best photo with a giant fork in Instagram.
Snail House (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Simeonovo quarter, located on the outskirts of Sofia, not too popular with tourists. However, this is where strange sight – a huge rainbow snail. Snail painted with stripes of red, orange, green, blue and brown flowers. The building has no right angles and walls. House height – 5 floors.
The architect of the building, Simeon Simeonov, built it as much as possible far from the traditional way. All parts of the building – for example, two tentacles on the “head” and curved windows are inscribed in the big picture. For example, the front door looks like a snail “mouth” – a snail “eats” all those entering inside. Chimney replaced by large yellow bee on the back of a snail. Besides the bee blowing smoke from the house, its horns – both lights and lightning rods. Even the eyes have their purpose – through them is the ventilation of the building. The batteries are disguised as toads, ladybugs and pumpkins.
Also, during the construction of this attraction, they invested in it the idea of saving the planet: a snail house is built entirely from light and environmentally friendly building material – polymer concrete.
The house was completely built in 2009, the construction took 10 years old. The owner of the house is unknown, as well as his destination. They said that there they want to open either a kindergarten, either a school or a businessman is planning to live in it. In the meantime, the main function of the house is to attract tourists, it becomes one of Sofia’s most popular attractions.
Mountain of Crosses (Šiauliai, Lithuania)
12 kilometers north of the Lithuanian city of Siauliai, on the road from Kaliningrad to Riga is an unusual hill. He is unusual in that that on it stand tens of thousands of crosses and crucifixes of various size and type – from multi-meter wooden to small crosses from iron. The hill is not a cemetery. Reason why on it more and more crosses appear – a popular belief that the one who sets the cross here will be pursued by luck.
Crosses began to appear on the hill from the 19th century or earlier – exactly this is not known. There are several versions of why this Sight. According to one of them, before the adoption of Lithuania Catholicism, what happened in the XIV century, there was a pagan the temple After surviving paganism, coupled with Catholic postulates created a tradition to cross on this hill. On the other, crosses – memory of the Lithuanians who died in 1831 during the suppression of the Russian Empire of the Lithuanian uprising.
The Soviet government four times tried to destroy this attraction, but to no avail. In 1993, the pope John Paul II visited Lithuania and established a crucifix on a mountain. it attracted the attention of Catholic tourists. However, Christians of other faiths visit this place. Recently been the Jewish symbol, the star of David, is also set.
Tuborgflasken (Hellerup, Denmark)
Tuborgflasken is a 26 meter bottle-shaped sculpture Pilsner from the Tuborg Brewery. This attraction was established back in 1888. Then the company Tuborg participated in Scandinavian exhibition, and sculpture was a demonstration of the main areas of activity of the enterprise. The bottle was originally in Copenhagen, where the Copenhagen City Hall is now located, and later it was transferred to Hellerup.
Tuborg is the first Danish company to promote beer bottled as an alternative to beer barrels. The sculpture was created architect Viggo Klein and artist Karl Lund. Bottle equipped Denmark’s first mechanical lift to take visitors to viewing platform at the top of the bottle. It worked in the dark electric lighting making the top of the bottle visible in in the dark.
A 26-meter bottle stands next to the main building Tuborg companies. The viewing platform no longer works, however sculpture is still popular with tourists who take pictures next to her.
Royal Heads (Oakley Green, UK)
Huge terracotta heads of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip You can see if you go to Windsor on the B3024. Heads are on the left side of the road. Head height – 3 meters, they made from a mixture of gypsum and terracotta. Head hair made of artificial herbs and flowers, eyes – from tennis balls.
Local Ben Bennett, owner of the removal company waste found head in Chelsea after the celebration of the anniversary. They were thrown into the landfill. Bennett drove them to his garden, which located in Oakley Green. 5 miles to Windsor Castle, in he often spends time a royal couple.
The owner of the house is happy with the guests and is ready to show them his garden. Besides of this attraction, in the garden there are also various sculptures, such as a statue of a Mongolian warrior on horseback, telephone booth, an old van of a small size. Also he has mobile booth for blood analysis.
Attention! This rating is subjective, not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.