Sunday Fun: Spot the Real Architectural Icon Amidst the Fakes

Ersatz versions of architectural icons like the Eiffel Tower, the London Bridge, or the Statue of Liberty are popping up around the world. Are you ready to test your skills in parsing the real from the fake?

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April 2, 2017, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


The Venetian

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Nick Van Mead has created a pop quiz to test your ability to spot the "fake views."

So, for instance, there's the real U.S. Capitol Building, and then there's an unfinished replica, built in the Chinese city of Wuhan, originally intended as a luxury hotel but abandoned when the project lost its financing. With very few exceptions, the ersatz versions of these wonders of the world are located in China. Click through to test your eye for the real thing.

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