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When traveling, you only want to see and appreciate the beautiful objects, the things that the locals take pride in preserving, right? WRONG! You want some dirt too! The bizarre, creepy, ugly, even freakish things that exist because of an accident or spitefulness or a series of unfortunate events, that lead to you looking at this terrible something. Now that’s interesting! This entry is about those weird monuments – so take a look.

 

THE MAGIC TAP TENERIFETHE MAGIC TAP – TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS (SPAIN)

In Canary Islands the water comes out of thin air. It seems impossible, and yet you can see it – the wonder happens all the time right before the very eyes of hundreds of thousands of tourists. This is no photoshop (would I lie to you?), and since we ruled that out, you probably want to guess (or already suspect), how does this work? But I must admit, I was a little disappointed that the solution was so barbarically simple. After I knew the answer, I decided I didn’t really want to know, because suddenly the magic was gone. But, for those of you who want to demystify the statute – the answer is at the end of this post under a star*.

 

Peter the Great statue PETER “COLUMBUS” THE GREAT – MOSCOW,PETER “COLUMBUS” THE GREAT – MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Located close to the city center on the river Moscow, this nearly 100 m (328 ft) monument made of bronze presents one of the most valued Russian tsars in history – Peter the Great – who is standing on a ship, that compared to the tsar’s silhouette looks like a small rubber pontoon. The monument itself is not only creepy, but it also has a controversial, spicy story. According to the legend (an urban legend, but a legend nonetheless), the sculptor made a monument of Christopher Columbus, being sure, that one of the South American countries (or, if he got lucky, the United States themselves) would buy it. (Un)fortunately, nobody wanted this piece of “art”, so the “artist” mercilessly cut Columbus’s head off and convinced the city of Moscow, that they need such a tall monument to celebrate 300 years of Russian navy. And this is how Christopher miraculously became Peter. Everything in this monument is off: the proportions, the historical background (Columbus’s clothes seemed rather unfashionable in the 18th century, but it was to late to change the tsar’s wardrobe) and most of all – the sense of taste. Definitely a must-see!

 

St-Wenceslas-Riding-a-Dead-HorseST. WENCESLAS RIDING A DEAD HORSE – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

This one is really disturbing. A 10th century Czech duke riding a dead animal – what’s up with that?! History tells us, that St. Wenceslas was killed by his until this moment evil, and after the murder remorsed brother Boleslaus the Cruel. Against the history, people still repeat legends that actually St. Wenceslas is sound asleep in the czech mountains with his army at ready to help his country in need (well, it appears to some, that he might have overslept a bit, missing the first five occupations of the country). Anyway, the sculpture would not be on this list if it wasn’t for two reasons. 1) He’s riding a dead horse! 2) The sculpture is somewhat symbolic to the Czechs – some even say, that the man on the (not-very-alive) horse bears resemblance to the recently deceased former president Vaclav Klaus.

 

THE BUSTY MERMAID – COPENHAGEN

THE BUSTY MERMAID – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Everybody knows the story of the Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. A mermaid – half girl, half fish, was willing to give away her identity for the chance to be with the man she loved. And everybody, who arrives at the capital of Denmark has to visit the statue of this Little Mermaid sitting on the rock close to the shore. The statue really is little – I walked right by it and did not notice it for the first time. Which actually proved to be a good thing, because, if I didn’t miss it, I wouldn’t have discovered the other Copenhagen mermaid – the one for adults: 400 meters (1 300 ft) further stands this busty, pretty and not pensive at all so called “Big Mermaid”. When all the romantics go to touch the landmark of Copenhagen and take a while to think about the cruel faith and the love that wasn’t meant to be, the pragmatics go to touch boobs. Kinda weird, but kinda awesome too.

 

THE SKY PILLAR CHINA

THE SKY PILLAR AKA THE BIG MEMBER – CHANGCHUN, CHINA

We’ve had the lady parts, now it’s time for a little of boy’s anatomy. For some unknown reason there are a lot of statues of that particular organ all over the world. This monument I’ve chosen because it’s as ugly as it is tall (9 m or 30 ft.). The rest is pretty self-explanatory, so just… I wanted to write “enjoy”, but somehow this word didn’t fit here… have a glance.

 

Nobody knows why, but sometimes we get attracted to ugly things even stronger than to the things that are beautiful. We seem to need some bizarreness in our lives. The monuments I’ve chosen are just the ones I’ve found most unusual, but I bet you have some more. Feel free to share them in comments!

 

*How does the magic tap work? The pipes are simply hidden in the stream of pouring water. See – I told you the magic would suddenly disappear!

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