We are not going to lie to each other, Paris is a fantasy for the whole world. And even if 3/4 of its inhabitants dream of leaving, its districts remain super cute and inspiring. So it’s no surprise that we are shamelessly copied around the world.
1. Place Ducale in Charleville-Mézières has the same proportions as Place des Vosges
It is the pride of the city and the Ardennes and for good reason, the Place Ducale has everything to impress. Built by Clément Métezeau in 1606, it actually predates the Place des Vosges, built by Louis Métezeau in 1607, Clément’s brother. The main difference between the two places comes from the fact that the Place de Charleville has no central reservation. In the Place Ducale, there is only stone, unlike the Place des Vosges, where trees were planted late.
2. The Chinese city of Tianducheng completely copies Paris
It is 9,600 km from Paris, in the province of Zhejiang in China that you will find this surprising reproduction of the city of light. Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, fountain in the Luxembourg garden, and Haussmann architecture; all the characteristic elements of Paris are reproduced. Photos taken in Tianducheng can be misleading. However, the proportions are not the same. The Eiffel Tower in Tianducheng is 107 meters compared to 300 meters in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe is also much smaller than the original. But for the many tourists who come to visit the city each year, it’s access to the Parisian way of life, at a much cheaper price. And it is not the first city in Europe that the Chinese have copied in order to attract a new social class in search of European refinement.
3. A copy of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas
It is THE most famous replica of the Eiffel Tower in the world, it is still 165m, which is about half the real one and is found along the Las Vegas Trip. It serves as the setting for the “Paris Las Vegas” casino. And given the environment in which it is located, there is no risk of confusing it in the photo with the real one, unlike Tianducheng.
4. Omotesando the Champs-Elysées of Tokyo
This avenue, which is nicknamed the Champs-Elysées in Tokyo, does not owe its nickname to its architectural resemblance to “the most beautiful avenue in the world” but because of the many luxury boutiques found there. Armani, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Prada are brands where a keychain costs around two minimum wages.
5. The Hanoi Opera is inspired by the Garnier Opera
Built in 1911, it is inspired by the Opéra Garnier in Paris, built in 1875. If the latter contains 1,900 seats, the Hanoi Opera is half as large and can only accommodate 598 people. Neoclassical in style, it differs in this sense from the Opéra Garnier which is in keeping with the spirit of the imperial style of the time, a mixture of splendor, baroque and eclecticism.
6. A castle in Russia strongly inspired by Versailles
In Peterhof in Russia, in the 18th century, Pierre Le Grand ordered after a trip to France to build a grandiose palace that would exceed in beauty the Palace of Versailles. If Versailles celebrates Apollo, Peterhof wants to be an evocation of Neptune. Either way, the resemblance is uncanny.
7. A mini Notre-Dame de Paris in Kentucky
It is located in the small town of Covington and its construction dates back to 1895. It is still not completed more than a century later due to lack of finances due to the low number of faithful in the diocese. The city has only 40,000 inhabitants. The Cathedral of the Assumption of Covington is therefore 3 times smaller than Notre-Dame de Paris and the two towers are missing.
8. The Square-Victoria–OACI station in Montreal has the same entrance as a Paris metro station
This metro entrance was not born out of a desire to reproduce Parisian metro entrances but a gift offered to the STM by the RATP in 1966 to highlight the close ties between Paris and Montreal.
9. The Arc de Triomphe in NY looks a lot like ours
It was built in 1892 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City. It celebrates the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration as President of the United States in 1789 and forms the grand southern terminus of Fifth Avenue. And it looks a lot like the Arc de Triomphe on Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris, itself inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome.
10. The Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi reproduced the dome of the Sorbonne Chapel
It is partly French-speaking and was created in 2006 by an international cooperation agreement between Sorbonne University and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It has 9 departments and welcomes French and English-speaking students, there were 900 in 2016. Its dome obviously recalls that of the original Chapel.