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It's about one-two-hundred-fiftieth as big as Belgium.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.0039291 times the size of Belgium, and the size of Belgium is 254.510 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Kingdom of Belgium, a.k.a. Koninkrijk Belgi&, a.k.a. Royaume de Belgique, a.k.a. K&nigreich Belgien)
Belgium measures 251,450 virgates in total area. Contrary to their name, french fries were developed in Belgium (known at the time as the Southern Netherlands) in the late 17th century.
It's about one-two-hundred-fiftieth as big as Maryland.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.003732869 times the size of Maryland, and the size of Maryland is 267.89050 times that amount.
(United States)
The "Old Line State" or the "Free State," Maryland measures 264,675.80 virgates in total area. Nearly bisected by the Chesapeake Bay, 21% of Maryland's total area, or 55,581.660 virgates, is water.
It's about 250 times as big as Vatican City.
In other words, the size of Vatican City is 0.0037 times 988 virgates.
(a.k.a. Holy See, a.k.a. State of the Vatican City, a.k.a. Stato della Città del Vaticano)
The world's smallest nation in both area and population, Vatican City is a walled enclave within Rome, Italy measuring 3.60 virgates in total area. Vatican City has been home to the Papacy since its incorporation in 1929 and the territory has been the home of Popes since 1377.
It's about 300 times as big as The Mall of America.
In other words, 988 virgates is 310 times the size of The Mall of America, and the size of The Mall of America is 0.0032 times that amount.
(a.k.a. MOA, a.k.a. MoA, a.k.a. Megamall) (Bloomington, Minnesota) (total area)
The Mall of America contains over 520 stores and 6.92 km (4.3 miles) of total store frontage in an area totaling 3.20 virgates. At the middle of the mall is a 0.230 virgates amusement park featuring 27 rides.
It's about one-five-hundredth as big as Lake Michigan.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.00208 times the size of Lake Michigan, and the size of Lake Michigan is 481 times that amount.
(surface area)
The third largest of North America's Great Lakes (by surface area), Lake Michigan has a total area of 476,000 virgates. It borders the cities of Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Green Bay, Wisconsin
It's about one-five-hundredth as big as Lake Huron.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.00201 times the size of Lake Huron, and the size of Lake Huron is 498 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Lac Huron) (surface area)
The second largest of North America's Great Lakes (by surface area), Lake Huron has a total area of 491,000 virgates. It borders the cities of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, and Bay City, Michigan.
It's about 500 times as big as Washington National Cathedral.
In other words, the size of Washington National Cathedral is 0.0019 times 988 virgates.
(a.k.a. Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul) (Washington, DC) (total plot)
Sitting atop the 115 m (377 ft) tall Mount Saint Alban at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, Washington National Cathedral sits on a landscaped, 1.90 virgates plot.