Mar 11, 2013

10 Impressive Eiffel Tower Replicas

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France. At 320 metres (1,050 ft) its the tallest building in Paris and one of the most recognizable and most visited monuments in the world.

eiffel-tower-parisThe Eiffel Tower, Paris [image source]

As one of the most iconic images in the world, the Eiffel Tower has been the inspiration for the creation of over 30 duplicates and similar towers around the world. We present 10 of the most impressive Eiffel Tower replicas.


Blackpool Tower, England

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The Eiffel Tower was the inspiration for the Blackpool Tower in Blackpool, England. After visiting the Great Paris Exhibition in 1889, the town's mayor John Bickerstaffe commissioned the building of the tower, which has a very similar design and was completed 1894. The main differences are that the Blackpool Tower is approximately half the height of the Eiffel Tower and is not freestanding, the base being contained within buildings which house the Tower Circus. Both the Eiffel Tower and Blackpool Tower feature on the list of the World Federation of Great Towers. [link]


Tokyo Tower, Japan

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The Tokyo Tower, an observations and communications tower standing at 1,091 feet, is a unique replica of the Eiffel Tower and is located in Tokyo, Japan. It is a lattice tower that was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. To comply with air safety regulations, the tower is painted international orange and white. It was built in 1958 and its main revenue sources are antenna leasing and tourism. [link]


Window of the World, China

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The Window of the World is a theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares (118 acres). The 108 metre (354 ft) tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and the sight of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal all in proximity to each other are all part of the appeal of this theme park. [link]


The Eiffel Tower at Kings Dominion and Kings Island, Ohio & Virginia

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The Eiffel Tower at Kings Dominion and Kings Island is also a replica of the Eiffel Tower. The replicas were opened in 1975 and 1972 respectively. Both of them are a third of the original size of the Parisian tower. Taft Broadcasting was their owner then and it was also in charge of their construction. Tourists can use the observation floor which is 80 metres high and see up to 18 miles of the surrounding region. [link]


Metallic tower of Fourvière, France

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The Metallic tower of Fourvière ("Tour métallique de Fourvière"), a landmark of Lyon, France, is a steel framework tower which bears a striking resemblance to the Eiffel Tower. With a height of 85.9 metres and weight of 210 tons, the "metallic tower" was built between 1892 and 1894. [link]


Tower of the Reformer, Guatemala

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The Tower of the Reformer (Torre del Reformador) is a 75 meter (246 ft.) tall steel framework tower in the Zone 9 of Guatemala City. The tower was built in 1935, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Justo Rufino Barrios, who was President of Guatemala and instituted a number of reforms.

The basic shape of the structure resembles the Eiffel Tower. It was originally constructed with a bell on its top, which in 1986 was replaced with a beacon. [link]


Eiffel Tower, Paris, Tennessee

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Tennessee's Eiffel Tower is a landmark in the city of Paris, Tennessee. Built in the early 1990s. At 18 metres (60 ft) tall, the tower is a nearly perfect 1:20 scale replica of the original. [link]


Parque Europa, Spain

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The Parque Europa has recently opened its doors in Madrid´s Torrejón de Ardoz, offering visitors the opportunity to experience replicas of 16 emblematic monuments from Europe´s most famous cities. The Eiffel Tower replica is 30 metres high, one-tenth of the original.


Funkturm Berlin, Germany

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The Funkturm Berlin (Radio Tower Berlin) is a transmitting tower in Berlin, built between 1924 and 1926 by Heinrich Straumer. The tower is built as one large steel framework construction, similar to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The 150 m high and approximately 600 metric ton radio tower was originally planned strictly as a transmitting tower, but later additions included a restaurant at a height of approximately 52 m, and observation deck at a height of approximately 125 m. [link]


Paris Las Vegas, Nevada

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Paris Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. As its name suggests, its theme is the city of Paris in France; it includes a half scale, 165 m (541 ft) tall replica of the Eiffel Tower, a sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon, a two-thirds size Arc de Triomphe, a replica of La Fontaine des Mers, and a 1,200-seat theatre called Le Théâtre des Arts. [link]


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