It's about one-fourth as tall as The Mahabodhi Temple
In other words, 16 yards is 0.270 times the height of The Mahabodhi Temple, and the height of The Mahabodhi Temple is 3.70 times that amount.(a.k.a. Great Awakening Temple, a.k.a. Maha Bodhi Temple, a.k.a. Temple of Bodh Gaya, a.k.a. Mahabodhi Mahavihar) (Bodh Gaya, Gaya District, Bihar, India)
The tower of the Mahabodhi Temple measures 60 yards in total height. The site has been of sacred interest for more than 2,000 years, with the current Temple dating back at least 1,400 years.
It's about one-fourth as tall as The Leaning Tower of Pisa
In other words, 16 yards is 0.2590 times the height of The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the height of The Leaning Tower of Pisa is 3.860 times that amount.(a.k.a. The Tower of Pisa, a.k.a. Torre pendente di Pisa) (Pisa, Italy) (height along center axis)
The Leaning Tower of Pisa stands 61.70 yards tall along the angle of its lean. In May of 2008, in an successful effort to stabilize the tower, 70 tonnes of earth were removed from the tower's base on the side opposite the lean.
It's about one-fourth as tall as The Cinderella Castle
In other words, 16 yards is 0.2540 times the height of The Cinderella Castle, and the height of The Cinderella Castle is 3.940 times that amount.(Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake, Florida)
Walt Disney World's Cinderella Castle is 63 yards tall. The castle's architecture uses the optical trick known as "forced perspective" — the castle gets smaller near the top — to appear larger than it truly is.
It's about one-fifth as wide as The Wingspan of a 747
In other words, 16 yards is 0.2140 times the width of The Wingspan of a 747, and the width of The Wingspan of a 747 is 4.670 times that amount.(a.k.a. Boeing 747, a.k.a. Jumbo Jet, a.k.a. Queen of the Skies) (for Boeing 747-8 series)
The wingspan of a Boeing 747-8 is 74.90 yards. Fully loaded, the 747 can travel 9,060,000 yards before refueling.
It's about one-fifth as tall as a Giant Sequoia (tree)
In other words, 16 yards is 0.190 times the height of a Giant Sequoia (tree), and the height of a Giant Sequoia (tree) is 5.30 times that amount.(a.k.a. Sequoiadendron giganteum, a.k.a. Sierra redwood, a.k.a. Wellingtonia)
Giant Sequoias of the Giant Sequoia National Monument located in Sierra Nevada, near Visalia, California can grow to heights of 83 yards. The wood from the Giant Sequoias is often brittle and prone to shattering when such trees are felled, and as a result the trees logged in the late nineteenth century were often usable only as shingles or matchsticks.
It's about one-fifth as tall as The Statue of Liberty
In other words, 16 yards is 0.15730 times the height of The Statue of Liberty, and the height of The Statue of Liberty is 6.3570 times that amount.(a.k.a. "Liberty Enlightening the World," a.k.a. La Liberté Éclairant le Monde) (Liberty Island, New York City, New York) (pedestal base to torch peak)
The Statue of Liberty reaches 101.70 yards including the pedestal. The statue was designed using an optical trick known as "forced perspective" to make the statue appear proportionally correct when viewed from its base and is, in actuality, disproportionately large at the top.
It's about six-and-a-half times as tall as a Christmas Tree (artificial)
In other words, the height of a Christmas Tree (artificial) is 0.160 times 16 yards.(artificial; average height)
The most common height of an artificial Christmas Tree is 2.50 yards. According to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture, a total of 1,389.59 sq. km (343,374 acres) of Christmas Trees were farmed in the US in 2007.
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