We have all seen those world-famous landmarks on TV or on the internet. It’s one of the reasons that people choose certain destinations to visit, but sometimes, like now, we just can’t get there yet.
Luckily, you can capture some of that same excitement and have a mini experience right in your own backyard. Although it’s impossible to compare to the real thing, we’re highlighting 5 popular replicas of famous landmarks you can visit right here in the US if you are planning on to hit the road this summer.
Leaning Tower of Pisa Replica – Illinois
This landmark might take home the award for “Best Selfie Backdrop,” as the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a must-see whenever exploring Italy. This tower has had its signature lean even from the beginning. During its construction, the building started leaning due to the soft soil shifting below the base of the tower. This lean could have been devastating, but instead, it’s now what makes it so interesting. If you take a trip through Illinois this year, a replica can be found in the village of Niles, northwest of Chicago, labeled as the Leaning Tower of Niles. While this replica is just half the height of the actual tower and doesn’t lean quiet as much, it still makes for a great selfie.
Greek Parthenon Replica – Tennessee
Any history buff will certainly be inspired by the wisdom, architecture and creativity that came out of Ancient Greece. One of the most iconic landmarks from this time was the Parthenon, a temple in Athens dedicated to the goddess Athena. This Parthenon, which resides in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee, is a full-scale replica of the iconic temple. There is also recreation of the 42-foot statue of Athena! It also serves as Nashville’s art museum, filled with exciting paintings and other works of art!
Stonehenge Replica – Virginia
Stonehenge is not only one of the most famous landmarks in the world, it is also one of the greatest mysteries of all time. No one to this day is quite sure who built this strange structure, and it’s one historians still debate about. The original Stonehenge resides in Wiltshire, England, but you can visit a replica in Centreville, Virginia. There is no debate around this circle of stones, it was designed by artist Mark Cline and is made entirely out of Styrofoam! The original stones in England weigh nearly 25 tons each, not something you want to try to move around. So, of course, Cline’s creation is known as Foamhenge.
Egyptian Pyramid and Great Sphinx of Giza Replica – Nevada
One of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Sphinx of Giza and the Egyptian pyramids truly will inspire awe for generations to come. Did you know that you can see replicas of these ancient structures right on the famous Las Vegas strip? And these aren’t just for show! They are actually home to the Luxor Las Vegas, a 30-story hotel and casino! (Of course, everything in Las Vegas must be a casino.) Las Vegas is also home to other replica monuments like a fake Trevi Fountain and Eiffel Tower.
London Bridge – Virginia
To throw you a little bit of a curve ball, head on over to Virginia to see the London Bridge! Surely, most of us grew up with humming the tune “London Bridge is Falling Down” at some point of our lives. But the famous London Bridge actually was falling apart and in need of repairs, but the city council couldn’t to invest the money to repair it, so they actually decided to sell it! Robert P. McCulloch purchased the bridge, and it was taken apart and shipped to the US. These bricks and materials from the old London Bridge were used to construct a new bridge in Virginia, and while it’s tough to call it a “London” bridge now, it is the closest you’ll get to a replica!
While our country is filled with its own history and beauty, you can still get a taste of these famous landmarks around the world right here in the US. Test out the waters, and then think about visiting the REAL landmarks in the future to see how they compare.
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