The first thing I learned today, is that there’s a small village in Russia called Paris. With a current population of around 1700 people, the rural village was intentionally named after the French capital in the early 19th century when its founders returned from a victorious campaign against Napoleonic France.
The second thing I learned is that they even have their own Eiffel Tower replica – and here we were thinking it was just Vegas and China.
The 1:6 scale replica was built by a cellular company with a sense of humour. They needed to built a cell phone tower in the village of Paris, so they thought, why not shape it like the Eiffel Tower for fun? It cost twice as much but it has become the centrepiece of the quiet village. Aaaand, it lights up at night just like the real thing!
And finally the third thing I learned today, prompted by this little find, is that there are in fact many more Eiffel Tower replicas around the world than I thought, including ones in Pakistan, Mexico, and India to name a few. You can find the full list of replicas with photos here.
via English Russia