It's about as tall as The Golden Gate Bridge.
(San Francisco, California and Marin County, California) (height above water)
The height of each tower of Golden Gate Bridge is 199 ells 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-one-fourth times as tall as The Space Needle.
In other words, 199 ells is 1.240 times the height of The Space Needle, and the height of The Space Needle is 0.8060 times that amount.(Seattle, Washington) (to aircraft warning beacon at peak)
Built for a 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle stands 161 ells 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 three-fourths as long as The QE2.
In other words, 199 ells is 0.7740 times the length of The QE2, and the length of The QE2 is 1.290 times that amount.(a.k.a. RMS Queen Elizabeth 2) The QE2 has a total length of 257 ells. During its voyaging lifetime from 1969 through 2008, it travelled more than 8,400,000,000 ells, the furthest cumulative distance by any ship in modern history.
It's about one-and-three-tenths times as tall as St. Paul's Cathedral.
In other words, 199 ells is 1.310 times the height of St. Paul's Cathedral, and the height of St. Paul's Cathedral is 0.7630 times that amount.(London, England, United Kingdom)
St. Paul's Cathedral measures 152 ells 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-one-third times as tall as The Washington Monument.
In other words, 199 ells is 1.34360 times the height of The Washington Monument, and the height of The Washington Monument is 0.744270 times that amount.(Washington, D.C.)
The Washington Monument measures 148.110 ells 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 one-and-two-fifths times as tall as The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel).
In other words, 199 ells is 1.380 times the height of The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel), and the height of The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel) is 0.7250 times that amount.(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 144 ells. 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 one-and-two-fifths times as long as The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach.
In other words, the length of The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach is 0.7140 times 199 ells.(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 142 ells 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.