The works of art we see in the world’s architecture are sometimes too far away for us to visit them. However, they are still recognizable marvels and worthy architectural replicas honor the architects and the sites while also generating revenue from tourists. Here are some of the most famous architectural replicas in the world.
Las Vegas is the home of many replicas of famous buildings. While the people don’t necessarily visit Vegas to see them specifically, they do add to the overall atmosphere of a city that, quite literally, has everything.
One of its bigger attractions is the Eiffel Tower. Much like with the original, you can climb to the top and have a drink or two or simply enjoy the view. A word of warning, though – we are not sure your partner will appreciate the marriage proposal while visiting the replica as much as the real thing.
You are also likely to find the Egyptian pyramids or at least a hotel shaped like a pyramid. Hotel Luxor has made it its mission to pay homage to the mysteries of Egypt buy recreating the pyramid design, the Sphinx, and King Tut’s Tomb.
Among replicas too numerous to mention individually stands the Statue of Liberty, which is half the size of the original and surrounded with buildings representing the skyscrapers of New York.
Christ the King
One of the most famous statues of Jesus Christ is undoubtedly Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. It is so amazing that in 1934 the Cardinal of Lisbon was enchanted by the power of its presence. He then requested permission from the president of Portugal to recreate it in Lisbon. Some 2 years later, Christ the King, or Cristo Rei has started looking over the River Tagus.
Usually, when people make replicas of famous landmarks, they scale them down a few sizes. This is not the case with the African Vatican, also known as the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro, situated in Ivory Coast. It is the replica of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and, as we’ve mentioned before, it’s bigger. What’s curious about this is that despite its size, most of the church is not frequently used, so it is a great opportunity to examine the nooks and crannies of the original building without suffering from too many people around you.
China, perhaps, is the country with the most architectural replicas out there. It is unclear whether they are paying homage to the originals, or simply trying to use the landmarks as a display of greatness and power. Regardless, they have a fair share of talented architects and builders to have been able to reproduce these buildings.
For example, they built the Eiffel Tower, though not just the tower itself. China has recreated the buildings and the landscape surrounding the monument and it can now be found in a gated community under the name Little Paris.
Tower Bridge had to be somewhat altered to account for the width of the motorway. That being said, it is a fateful representation of one of the most famous bridges in the world. You can find the bridge in Suzhou.