Iconic places that never existed
Hanging Gardens of Babylon -
Legend has it that King Nebuchadnezzar II built these amazing gardens for his wife.
Several expeditions tried to reach Hy-Brazil, which stayed on maps up until 1768. The island was then deemed imaginary.
El Dorado -
The legend of El Dorado refers to a tribal chief of the Muisca people who would cover himself in gold and throw treasures into a lake as offerings to the gods.
Shangri-La got famous again in James Hilton's 1933 novel 'Lost Horizon.' But the legend of this sacred Tibetan valley dates back to 962 ACE.
The kingdom of Lyonesse was supposedly connected to the Isles of Scilly (off the south coast of England).
Of course, several expeditions took place in search of this cold land. The Romans managed to get to the Shetland Islands and assumed that was it.
The legend of this oasis city somewhere in the Sahara Desert dates back to the 1400s. It apparently had a gate with a bird that would hold they keys to the city.
Needless to say that people have tried to find Atlantis ever since. Many maps place Atlantis in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Bermuda Triangle -
The Bermuda Triangle was first called such in 1964 by a writer named Vincent Gaddis.
Kingdom of Prester John -
In 1165, a forged "Letter of Prester John" reached Europe. It was reportedly sent by a Christian African.
St. Brendan's Island -
St. Brendan, aka "the Navigator," was an Irish saint who navigated the seas spreading the word of God.