We’ve all heard that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” And when it comes to replicas of our architectural and cultural history, there is a lot of flattery going on.
From the Eiffel Tower to the Taj Mahal to the Empire State Building, there are replicas of the world’s greatest treasures all over the planet. The original landmarks are some of the most visited landmarks on Earth. At certain times in history they were considered engineering marvels. It was the reason why everybody wanted to see take pictures of them. These are the most photographed structures in the world.
24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of 25 replicas of iconic landmarks and where to find them. We used travel and media sources as well as Britannica.com to create our list. Many of the landmarks on the list have more than one replica, and we chose the duplicate that has the best story and adheres most closely to the original.
Some replicas, such as the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, are an homage to ancient Greece. The copy of Mount Rushmore in Chongqing, China, is that country’s salute to American comrades who fought alongside the Chinese against the Japanese in World War II. A duplicate of Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Portugal is a reverential nod to the original.
Other replicas have been more controversial. The copy of the Sphinx in China has rankled residents of Egypt, who claim the replica of one of the oldest man-made structures is an insult to their national heritage. After all, it’s one of mankind’s first attempts at building massive structures. But it’s not the only one; it’s part of another list of early examples of art and music, too. These are the oldest things in the world.
The city of Suzhou in China alone has more than 55 copies of Western cultural totems. And of course, there is Las Vegas, home to the faux New York skyline at the New York New York Casino, as well as kitschy versions of the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum at Caesars Palace.