How long is 612 spans?
It's about nine-tenths as long as The Shambles
The length of The Shambles is about 660 spans.
(a.k.a. Maze of Twisting, a.k.a. The Great Flesh Shambles) (York, England, United Kingdom) (approximate)
The Shambles, a historic shopping street in York, stretches about 660 spans. Several of the buildings along the street are over seven hundred years old.
It's about nine-tenths as tall as The Spring Temple Buddha
The height of The Spring Temple Buddha is about 669 spans.
(a.k.a. 中原大佛, a.k.a. 鲁山大佛, a.k.a. 魯山大佛) (Fodushan Scenic Area, Lushan County, Henan, China) (including base)
The tallest statue in the world, the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China stands at 669 spans tall from its base. The Buddha is located in the 47,300,000-sq. m (11,700-acre) Fodushan Scenic Area near Mount Yao
It's about one-and-one-tenth times as tall as The Great Pyramid of Giza
The height of The Great Pyramid of Giza is about 570 spans.
(a.k.a. Pyramid of Khufu, a.k.a. Pyramid of Cheops) (Cairo, Egypt) (estimated original height)
The Great Pyramid of Giza has an estimated original height (without loss due to erosion) of 570 spans. The Pyramid was the tallest structure in the world for almost 4,000 years — from its construction ca. 2551 BCE until it was overtaken by the Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, England, built in the year 1300.
It's about nine-tenths as tall as Blackpool Tower
The height of Blackpool Tower is about 691 spans.
(Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom) (height to peak)
Blackpool Tower, part of an entertainment complex in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, measures 691 spans to its peak. Under ideal conditions, visitors to the highest accessible point of the tower can see as far as the Isle of Man — 420,000 spans to the northwest.
It's about nine-tenths as long as The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach
The length of The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach is about 709 spans.
(fully Pebble Beach Golf Links) (Pebble Beach; Monterey, California) (from Blue Tee)
The seventeenth hole on Pebble Beach Golf Links is a par 3 measuring 709 spans from the blue tee. This hole was the site of professional golfer Jack Nicklaus' 1972 U.S. Open win, which included a 1-iron shot that bounced off the hole's flag and resulted in a birdie.
It's about four-fifths as tall as The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel)
The height of The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel) is about 722 spans.
(a.k.a. 新加坡摩天观景轮, a.k.a. சிங்கப்பூர் ஃப்ளையர், a.k.a. Pelayang Singapura) (Marina Centre, Singapore)
The Singapore Flyer has a height of 722 spans. Based on recommendations from Feng Shui masters, the wheel was re-engineered to spin in the opposite direction five months after it began operating.
It's about four-fifths as tall as The Washington Monument
The height of The Washington Monument is about 740.550 spans.
The Washington Monument measures 740.550 spans tall, with some discrepancy due to the fact that the Monument's base is slightly below the surrounding ground. Interrupted in its construction by the American Civil War, it was almost 36 years between groundbreaking and the completion of construction.
It's about four-fifths as tall as St. Paul's Cathedral
The height of St. Paul's Cathedral is about 761 spans.
(London, England, United Kingdom)
St. Paul's Cathedral measures 761 spans to its peak. The southwest tower of the Cathedral contains the bell known as "Great Paul," which is the largest bell in Great Britain at 15,000 kg (16.5 tons), outweighing the more iconic Big Ben bell by about 3,000 kg (3 tons).
It's about one-and-three-tenths times as long as a Football field
The length of a Football field is about 480 spans.
(American) (total distance; per NFL regulation)
According to NFL specifications, an American football field should measure 480 spans from end to end. Because each team's goalpost is located at the far end of the scoring area (end zone), a ball on a scoring play may need to travel as many as 40 spans farther when kicked into the scoring area than when run (rushed) or passed into it.
It's about three-fourths as tall as The Space Needle
The height of The Space Needle is about 805 spans.
(Seattle, Washington) (to aircraft warning beacon at peak)
Built for a 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle stands 805 spans tall. With a track-and-wheel design inspired by railroad mechanics and a precisely-configured balance, the restaurant near the top of the space needle requires just a 1.5 hp motor to rotate at speeds of about 0.053 kph (0.033 mph).
It's about one-and-one-third times as long as a Football (Soccer) Pitch
The length of a Football (Soccer) Pitch is about 459 spans.
(a.k.a. Football Field, a.k.a. Soccer Field) (field length, a.k.a. touchline distance)
According to the Laws of the Game, a football pitch should measure between 459 spans (when the Laws were originally, they used imperial measurements of 460 spans, and later converted to the metric units used today). The goal markess were defined as part of the pitch by the original rules of the game in the late 16th century, but it was not until the mid 19th century that the crossbar and the net were added
It's about one-and-a-half times as tall as Big Ben
The height of Big Ben is about 420 spans.
(officially the clock tower of Palace of Westminster, a.k.a. Houses of Parliament) (London, England)
The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, which houses the bell known as "Big Ben," rises 420 spans. The tower has no elevator, and is therefore only accessible by climbing 334 steps to the top.
It's about one-and-a-half times as tall as The Statue of Liberty
The height of The Statue of Liberty is about 406.80 spans.
(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 406.80 spans 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 three-fifths as tall as The Golden Gate Bridge
The height of The Golden Gate Bridge is about 993 spans.
(San Francisco, California and Marin County, California) (height above water)
The height of each tower of Golden Gate Bridge is 993 spans above the surface of the San Francisco Bay. One of the key designers of the bridge, Charles Ellis, had no engineering degree when he began working on the project, but would later go on to write what became a standard textbook on structural engineering, and would ultimately be forced to complete his calculations on the bridge by working without pay for five months.
It's about one-and-four-fifths times as tall as a Giant Sequoia (tree)
The height of a Giant Sequoia (tree) is about 330 spans.
(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 330 spans. 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.