The glorious Eiffel Tower, located in the beau city of Paris, comprises one of the most recognisable structures in the world. It was built by engineer Gustave Eiffel and erected in 1889 for the World Fair. Truly a global cultural icon of France, it comprises the tallest tower in Paris and boasts the world’s most visited paid monument alluring travellers from across the world to the City of Love. In addition, you may not know it but, although they aren’t as magnificent as the original, there are more than 30 replicas of Paris’s iconic Iron Lady, some of which you can discover here with the world’s top 10 replicas of the Eiffel Tower.
Paris, Texas (USA)
The 1:16 scale metal replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas (USA) is located by the town’s civic center. Given that a total of 15 American municipalities bear the name of Paris and each feature a little homage to their French namesake, it should come as no surprise that Paris in Texas should have one too. However, passers-by may not be quite prepared for the giant cowboy hat adorning its peak. The Texas replica was erected in 1993, the same year as that of the Eiffel Tower in Tennessee with whom they have been in a constant height battle ever since. The cowboy hat took Texas’ Eiffel Tower to a respectable 20 metres (66 feet), thus outstripping Tennessee’s Tower previously in the lead, and ending the struggle once and for all!
Located in Parizh, Russia, their replica Eiffel Tower also comprises a 1:6 scale model of the original in Paris. Standing at 50 metres (154 feet), it was built back in 2005 and is used as a mobile phone mast.
This 1:6 scale Eiffel Tower, standing at 54 metres (177 feet), is located near the town of Slobozia in south east Romania. It was originally built as part of a private tourist complex by a Romanian billionaire which also featured recreations of buildings from the 1970s American TV show “Dallas”.
This 1:3 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower is located in Tianducheng, a gated community near Hangzhou, China. It could almost be described as a clone of the City of Light given that not only does the area feature a 108 metre (354 feet) reproduction of the city’s most famous landmark but also 12 square miles of Parisian style architecture, landscaping and fountains. Unfortunately for the developers, it hasn’t allured as many francophiles as they hoped it would with the local media nicknaming it “the ghost town” where only couples go to get their wedding photographs taken.
Las Vegas, Nevada
As if Las Vegas wasn’t flashy enough it also features its own 1:2 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. It is located at Paris Las Vegas, a Parisian-themed hotel and casino on the Vegas Strip, and features amongst a two-thirds size Arc de Triomphe, a 1,200-seat theatre called Le Théâtre des Arts and a replica of La Fontaine des Mers. This 165 metre (541 foot) Iron Lady comprises the largest true replica of the Eiffel Tower with other bigger towers only bearing a resemblance to the original. In fact, they actually wanted to build a full scale replica of the Eiffel Tower however, its proximity to the airport meant that they would have to settle for a more modest size model.
Located in the municipality of Filiatra, in the Messinia Prefecture of Peloponnesse, southern Greece, is yet another 1:18 scale replica of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. It was built by Haris Fournarakis (Harry Fournier), a wealthy surgeon who previously lived in the US. This 18 metre (59 feet) replica stands at the northern entrance of the town and similarly to the original, it beautifully lights up at night.
The 1:6 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Durango in Mexico, known as the Gomez Palacio Eiffel Tower, was donated by the city’s French community in 2007. It stands 58 metres high (190 feet) and lights up at night just like the original. Up to 16 people are allowed on the tower’s observation deck to admire the views and it even features a giant swing rope attached to the bottom. Apparently vandalism is somewhat of an issue with extensive damage received on the legs however, it’s still very pretty!
China features yet another replica Eiffel Tower but this time in the “Windows of the World” theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen. Around 130 reproductions of other iconic world landmarks, including the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal, feature however the 1:3 scale, 108-metre tall (354 feet) replica of the Eiffel Tower is by far the tallest and fairly dominates the skyline.
Paris, Tennessee (USA)
As mentioned previously, Paris in Tennessee lost the height fight with Paris Texas. Consisting of a 1:20 scale replica of the real thing (18 metres tall or 59 feet ), Paris Tennessee’s Eiffel Tower just lost out when Paris Texas added a cowboy hat on the top of their homage to the City of Light finally measuring in at a respectable 20 metres (66 feet). It was originally built by engineering students at Christian Brothers University to commemorate the 1990 Memphis in May Festival which honours a different country every year. As you can imagine, France was the focus in 1990. Because it was only a temporary model made of wood, it was eventually replaced by a steel structure and transported in three sections to Memorial Park where it was finally erected.
Finally, a 1:25 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower features in Mini-Europe, a miniature park located in Brussels, Belgium, featuring reproductions of some 350 monuments from around 80 countries. Their Eiffel Tower model stands at approximately 13 metres (42 feet).
Article written by our guest blogger Maria Allen
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