Iconic places that never existed

Hanging Gardens of Babylon -
Legend has it that King Nebuchadnezzar II built these amazing gardens for his wife.

Hy-Brazil -
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 -
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.

Lyonesse -
The kingdom of Lyonesse was supposedly connected to the Isles of Scilly (off the south coast of England).

Thule -
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.

Zerzura -
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.

Atlantis -
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.

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