From complete cities to historical landmarks, you’ll discover that there’s room in the world for more than one Paris and even four Statues of Liberty to be exact. Be it for tourism or mere extravagance, these replicas will make you do a double take and wonder where you really are. And hey, it’s cheaper than actually flying to Paris!
LET’S GO TO PARIS
But in China, that is. That’s right! In Tianducheng there is a 108 meters replica of the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees’ fountain. All the buildings surrounding them also replicate the original city of Paris! But will they also serve exquisite croissants and tasty red wine? Don’t think so.
FAUX TOWER BRIDGE
The Chinese did it again! If you go to Suzhou you will find a replica of London’s Tower Bridge. But look closely and you’ll see this bridge has no raising mechanism. Sometimes, what you see is not what you get!
Hold your horses! This is not a sequel. It’s just a replica of the original boat containing exact replicas of the decoration and even the lifeboats. The Titanic II will supposedly make its first voyage from China to Dubai in 2018. Would you wanna be on board? Call us superstitious, but we think we’ll pass.
This sounds Italian, right? It is, only you’ll find this village in Hong Kong! You can have a gondola ride and shop in expensive places like Armani and Prada. Yes, it seems like everyone’s on board and are veeery eager to contribute to make this fake Florence village seem like the real deal.
THE 3D GIZA PYRAMIDS EXPERIENCE
Well, this would make an amazing movie! The great minds at Harvard University have created an impressive replica of an Egyptian 3D world. The focus is on authenticity and archaeological facts, so rest assured this replica is quite accurate!
You read that right, a Parthenon in Nashville, TN. It was built in 1897 and it’s a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. Today it works as an art museum and you can experience all of its glory for a small entrance fee. Count me in!
THE LEANING TOWER OF NILES
It might be leaning in Pisa, Italy, but this one’s leaning more towards Illinois. Literally. When Richard Ilg got the idea that he wanted to build a 22-acre park in Illinois with two swimming pools he had to hide the hideous water towers. And he did so by replicating the towers of Pisa. Impressive!
JAPAN’S STATUE OF LIBERTY
There’s not just one replica, but three of this beloved New York statue. It was provided on loan from France and temporarily put in place for a year in 1998 to celebrate ties between Japan and France. The following year, France took back the statue. Hey, there’s plenty of liberty to go around, no need to hoard it all.
A REPLICA OF A REPLICA OF A…
Falconcity of Wonders is the name of a real estate project in Dubai with apartments and office spaces that replicate each one of the 7 Wonders of the World. If you’ve been to Dubai then you’ll know it’s all about the luxury an the bling, bling. And this is no exception since the focus is on aesthetics rather than historical/archaeological accuracy.
IT’S A FLINTSTONE’S EXTRAVAGANZA
It’s quirky, it’s enjoyable, it’s for sale, and it’s right on the outskirts of the Grand Canyon. It’s a theme park based on the endearing Hanna-Barbera cartoon we all know and love. Sounds like a great vacation spot! See ya next year!