Famous Fakes – Replicas of popular tourist attractions

Everyone loves the Sphinx, the Eiffel tower, the Stonehenge – but how about one in China, one in USA or one in Japan? The famous UNESCO World Heritage sites have replicas around the world. Here is a little list of these famous fakes.

Tower Bridge, Suzhou, China

Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge was built by Suzhou Municipal Engineering Design Institute and sports four tower rather than two.

It houses a couple of English-style coffee shop on its top floors.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sanghai, China

Leaning Tower
The 1:4 scale replica of the famous Italian monument is situated in the financial hub of China. The original tower’s construction started on Aug. 14, 1173 and was completed in three stages over the course of 199 years.

Sphinx, Shijiazhuang, China

Sphinx
The 60-meter long and 20-meter tall statue was built as part of an outdoor filming location. It is about the same size as the original and is made of concrete and framework reinforced with steel.

The original, known across the world as Great Sphinx of Giza, is located on the Giza Plateau adjacent to the Great Pyramids of Giza on the west bank of Nile River. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture and it is believed that it was built during the reign of Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558-2532 BC).

Chauvet Cave, Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, France

Chauvet Cave
It took approximately $60 million and several years to create a near-exact replica of the famous Grotte Chauvet. The replica includes more than 400 paintings of horses, bears, rhinoceros, mammoths, hand prints and carvings.

The original can be seen in southern France and contains the earliest known and best preserved figurative cave paintings in the world.

Eiffel Tower, Tianducheng, China

Eiffel Tower
The 108-meter tall replica of the Eiffel Tower is the main attraction of the Tianducheng town.

The original was built in 1889 as an entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, France.

Stonehenge, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA

Stonehenge
A full-size replica of Stonehenge made entirely of styrofoam. The replica was created by Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studio in 2004.

The original is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the U.K.

Stonehenge, Hefei, China

Stonehenge China
Stonehenge is one of the favorite among the replicators. However, no replica comes as close as the one built in the Chinese city of Hefei. Built as a part of the new housing development, it is a remarkable replica of the original.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Nikko, Japan

Basilica
A miniature model of Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica at the Tobu World Square in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture on Aug. 16, 2010. The amusement park exhibits 102 structures of 1:25-scale world-famous architectural works and ancient monuments including 45 inscribed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The original was built during the 10th and 11th century and is located within Rome, Italy.

Parthenon, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Parthenon
A full-scale replica of the Athenian monument, the Tennessee model was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

The original was built in 447 BC at the peak of Athenian Empire’s power. It is one of the most important surviving buildings of Classical Greece.

Colosseum, Macau, China

Colosseum
A replica of Roman Colosseum is at the Fisherman’s Wharf, a local invested entertainment park with a casino at the Outer Harbour area in Macau. Companies around the world are pumping billions of dollars into this former Portuguese enclave to build new casinos, hotels and shopping malls to tap a growing flood of Chinese tourists.

The original was built in 80 AD under the rule of Emperor Titus. It is believed that the structure had a capacity of 50,000 to 80,000 spectators.

Pyramid of Egypt, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Pyramid of Egypt
The pyramid-style hotel houses 4,407 rooms and is named after the city of Luxor in Egypt. It is similar in size to the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid in Egypt. It was constructed at the cost of $375 million in 1993 and, at that time, was the tallest building in the Strip.

The original was built by the Old Kingdom Pharaoh Sneferu and is the third largest Egyptian pyramid.

Statue of Liberty, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty
This Statue of Liberty in Tokyo is actually a replica of a replica! In 1998, a replica of the famous statue was erected to celebrate Japan’s ties with France. It was taken down after a year but proved so popular, another replica was produced to take its place.

The original Statue of Liberty was dedicated on Oct. 26, 1886 and was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

Christ the Redeemer, Lisbon, Portugal

Christ the Redeemer
Inspired by Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and overlooking the city of Lisbon is the statue of Christ the King. The project was completed in 1959 and was a way of expressing gratitude after Portugal was spared from the devastation of World War II.

The original was completed in 1931 and is listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is considered as a symbol of Christianity across the world.

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