All of these were made without the help of 3D printers but with a lot of imagination:
1. Parisian metro entrance,
Entrance to Kievskaya underground station styled as Paris metro.Yuri Mashkov/TASS
In 2009, a Moscow-themed metro entrance appeared in Paris as well. It was decorated with a stained glass window depicting a Russian fairy tale character named Ryaba the Chicken.
2. The Mouth of Truth, Moscow
The Mouth of Truth.mosmetro
The ancient marble mask in Rome’s Santa Maria in Cosmedin church has a twin in a Moscow metro station. Rimskaya (on the light green line), which was named in honor of the Eternal City, was decorated in collaboration with Italian architects. You can find Madonna Litta and the Capitoline Wolf at the station as well.
3. Eiffel Tower, Chelyabinsk Region
Parizh (Paris) village in Nagaibaksky area, Chelyabinsk region.Vladimir Fedorenko/Sputnik
Russia’s own Eiffel Tower is located in Paris too. The only difference is that this Paris is just a tiny village in the Urals. The attraction originally showed up here in 2005. It was constructed by a cell phone carrier and is now used to provide mobile coverage in the village.
4. Eiffel Tower, Kaliningrad
Outdoor festivities to mark the 120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower near its 8-meter-tall copy in the town park of Gusev, Kaliningrad Region.Igor Zarembo/Sputnik
5. The Western Wall, Moscow
The Russian copy of the Western Wall.Yair Haklai/Wikipedia
The Russian copy Jerusalem’s famous shrine is located in front of the Moscow Choral Synagogue on Bolshoi Spasogliniscshevsky Lane. At 15 meters long and three meters high, this one is just a small fraction of the original in terms of its size, but many believers still leave notes with prayers and wishes on the wall.
6. Big Ben, Surgut
Surgut school of foreign languages.Legion Media
Although not many residents of the Siberian city of Surgut have ever been to London, all of them can enjoy their own copy of Big Ben every day.
The building, which was erected in 2004, houses a local school of foreign languages. It’s not an exact replica—for instance, the clock itself is three times smaller than the original. But it still looks very much like London’s most famous landmark.
7. The Embankment of Bruges, Yoshkar-
The Brugge Embankment by Malaya Kokshaga river in Yoshkar-Ola.Vladimir Pesnya/Sputnik
You can find some other interesting things here too, such as monuments to Grace Kelly and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. There is also a copy of
8. Neuschwanstein Castle, Moscow Region
A private kindergarten news Moscow.Legion Media
This is an exact replica of the Neuschwanstein Castle. Or maybe not...
It seems like the architects of the structure drew their inspiration from many sources, although the famous German castle is clearly the main one. It functions as a private kindergarten and was opened in the Lenin Sovkhoz near Moscow in 2013.
It can accommodate 150 children on its 6,000 square meters of space. So how much, you might be wondering, does it cost to send to send your kid there? According to the local media, no more than at a regular state kindergarten.
9. The Monument to Miguel de Cervantes,
Monument to Miguel de Cervantes.Ichite/Wikipedia
10. The Tsar Carpenter Monument, St. Petersburg
Tsar Carpenter Monument.Andrew Butko/Wikipedia
The monument to Peter the Great that now stands on the Admiralty Embankment in St. Petersburg is a copy of a monument located in the Dutch city of Zaandam, which is where Peter the Great learned the craft of shipbuilding 300 years ago.
The first monument to the Tsar Carpenter was presented in St. Petersburg in 1910 to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Poltava. In 1911, Russia’s last emperor, Nicholas II, presented a copy of this monument to Zaandam as a gift, but the Russian monument was lost after the 1917 Revolution. Nevertheless, in 1996, years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the government of the Netherlands solemnly presented a copy of its own Peter the Great to the city of St. Petersburg. What a surprising twist of fate.
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