The curious rise of the fake landmark – and why it could be the future of travel
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so they say. If this is the case the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and Pyramids of Giza should be blushing right now, for between them they have hundreds of replicas around the world. The weird world of facsimile landmarks made the news this week after Egypt vented fury at China when a full-size replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza reappeared at a theme park in the northern city of Shijiazhuang. This comes two years after pressure from Cairo forced the structure to be torn down. Officials from Cairo complained that the structure is an insult to Egypt’s cultural heritage and a violation of the country’s intellectual property. They are now taking measures through Unesco to have the replica Sphinx taken down once and for all.
facsimile – an exact copy, especially of written or printed material
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