Fantastic Replicas of Famous Things

It’s a big world and there’s so much to see! So many important historic and architectural wonders are located all over the globe and there’s only so much the average tourist can see in a lifetime. Not to worry, though! Plenty of people have been building replicas of famous things to save us the trouble of going to see the real thing. Here are a few examples you may not have heard of before.

Kentucky Stonehenge

KYMUNstonehenge_woody_620x300Everyone knows about Stonehenge–the very old, very large, very mysterious circle of standing stones out in the middle of the English countryside. Was it built by druids? Astronomers? Atlanteans?

But for those without the means to get to England and ponder these questions in person, a much simpler stone arrangement can be viewed in Munfordville, KY. Kentucky Stonhenge carries none of the weighty questions of England’s Stonehenge, but it’s as good a place as any to ponder celestial alignments and druidic rites.

Nashville Parthenon

Parthenon,_NashvilleIn Athens there stands a world-famous ruin of a temple to Athena known as the Parthenon. Once painted in garish colors, and lavishly decorated, it’s been around since the fifth century B.C. and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Greece.

Don’t have the luxury of flying to the Mediterranean to experience this architectural marvel? In Nashville, TN there is a full-size replica of the Parthenon, and for six dollars you can go inside and see a thirty-foot statue of the goddess herself. And for bonus geek points, the Nashville Parthenon was featured in the movie “The Lightning Thief” as one of the locations where Percy Jackson and his friends had to go to retrieve Persephone’s pearls.

Roebling Bridge

CovingtonKY_JARoeblingBridgeThe Brooklyn Bridge is one of the landmarks of NYC. It connects Brooklyn and Manhatten across the East River by means of a hybrid suspension/cable-stayed design pioneered by John Augustus Roebling.

Don’t get over to New York very often? Go to Cincinnati instead and walk across the Roebling Bridge; a prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge created by the same designer. It was the first bridge to cross the Ohio river and at the time it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

London Bridge

London_Bridge,_Lake_Havasu,_Arizona,_2003London Bridge is falling down. Or it was, in 1967. It was placed on the Market by the Common Council of the City of London, and purchased by Robert McCulloch. It now links an island in the Colorado river with Lake Havasu City, in Arizona, USA.

Don’t feel like going to hot, dry Arizona to look at this famous bridge? The City of London proceeded to commission a new bridge, one less likely to become the subject of children’s nursery rhymes. It opened in 1973 and is still available to traffic and tourists alike today.

Katie Lynn Daniels is the author of Supervillain of the Day, and the mastermind behind Vaguely Circular. She blogs about science and things that are peripherally related to science. You can read all her posts here.


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