10 Indian Structures and Their Foreign Look-Alikes
The architecture in India has always been a blend of different architectural styles; owing to the fact that the country was ruled by various foreigners. India also has exquisite monuments that are look similar to many foreign ones; with some having been built much before their foreign look-alikes. Here’s taking a look at a few of them.
1. India Gate – Arc de Triomphe:
India Gate, in Delhi, was built in 1931 as a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died during the First World War. The 42 meter tall structure has been serving as India’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier since 1971. It is very similar in appearance to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which is a 50 meter tall structure built a hundred years earlier. The Arc de Triomphe serves as France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
2. Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal Bangladesh:
While everyone knows about the Taj Mahal, what is little known is the fact that a scaled copy of the Taj has been built in 2008; in Bangladesh. The Taj Mahal Bangladesh was built by a film-maker; who wanted the poor of his country to be able to see the beauty of the Taj. However, it drew criticism from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka over the blatant copying of the icon of India.
3. Qutub Minar – Tower of Pisa:
The Qutub Minar in Delhi is the largest brick minar in the world; with a height of 75 meters. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is of a lesser height, at 55 meters. However, they are slightly similar in appearance and also, the base diameter of these two towers is almost the same.
4. Lotus Temple – Opera House:
The flower like Lotus Temple is a Baha’i House of Worship, located in Delhi. It is very similar in appearance to the Opera House in Sydney.
5. Jama Masjid – Badshahi Mosque:
The Jama Masjid at Delhi was constructed by Shah Jahan and the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore was constructed by Aurangzeb. While the two look almost like each other; the Badshahi Mosque is much larger; with a capacity of 100000. That is four times that of the Jama Masjid! Also, Badshahi Mosque is the seventh largest mosque in the world!
6. Kumbhalgarh Fort – Great Wall of China:
Kumbhalgarh Fort is a walled fortress in Rajasthan. The wall surrounding the fortress is 38 kilometers long; making it the second longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. It looks a lot like the Great Wall of China too!
7. Raja Bhai Tower – Big Ben:
The Raja Bhai clock tower in Mumbai was constructed just ten years after the Big Ben in London. Both of these iconic clock towers look similar and the height difference between the two is just 10 meters.
8. Pondicherry Streets – Paris Streets:
The uncanny resemblance that the streets of Pondicherry bear to the Parisian streets stands testimony to the fact that Pondicherry was under French rule.
9. Saint Thiruvallur Statue – Statue of Liberty:
While Saint Thiruvallur statue in Kanyakumari might not attract as many visitors as the Statue of Liberty does, this statue is also set on a small island and looks similar to the Statue of Liberty. Bonus fact, this statue is located where Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet.
10. Eiffel Tower – Hyderabad TV Tower:
The Hyderabad TV tower is approximately 60% the height of the Eiffel tower and in a weird way, resembles the icon of Paris!