Doppelgänger destinations that you'll struggle to tell apart
Posted on 6th April 2020 at 14:38
Just goes to show how we all share similar connections. While travel has been affected right now, we hope that you'll be inspired...
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Naples in Italy & Kagoshima in Japan
Presided over by mighty Mount Vesuvius, with the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii on its doorstep, the historical Mediterranean city of Naples has a long and fascinating history. Naples predates the Italian state and the Roman Republic by centuries, resulting in a virtually unrivalled bounty of Greek and Roman artefacts.
Kagoshima is home to one of Japan’s most iconic vistas – that of the Sakurajima Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Once a separate island, it was fused to the mainland by a lava flow during a 1914 eruption.
Munnar in India & Cameron Highlands in Malaysia
Idyllically set at the confluence of three mountain streams, Munnar is a beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala state. The village once served as a popular vacation resort for the British Raj elite who flocked to here to enjoy the pleasant cool climate and the scenic natural surroundings characterised by rolling hills dotted with colonial bungalows, streams, waterfalls and 19th-century tea plantations.
The Cameron Highlands is a retreat blessed with milder temperatures than the rest of Malaysia, making it a popular getaway for travellers seeking relief from the stifling heat and humidity often experienced in the lower lying areas of this tropical country. With its lovely tea houses, vast unspoiled forests and impressive temples, the retreat offers visitors a sense of peaceful tranquility away from the frenetic bustle of city life.
Choquequirao & Machu Picchu in Peru
Choquequirao is an intriguing Incan archaeological site dating to the 15th and 16th centuries. These expertly crafted stone structures that were once a stronghold of Inca culture. It encompasses a number of shrines and temples that emphasise water, leading archaeologists to believe it may have been a sacred centre devoted to the Incan goddess of springs, rivers and the ocean, Mama Cocha.
Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. This legendary lofty city was abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. Very similar to, Choquequirao, Machu Picchu is much larger and a century older, and is one of the most visited ruins in Peru.
Credit top: Andre Distel
Roman Colosseum in Italy & Pula Arena in Croatia
Both amphitheatres were built by the ancient Romans, which is why they look so similar. The Colosseum in Rome draws over seven million visitors per year, far more than the Pula Arena, which predates the Colosseum by a few years.
Venice in Italy & Aveiro in Portugal
This historical centre consisting of 118 small islands in a lagoon of the Adriatic Sea are linked together by a complex web of canals and footbridges.The inexplicable nerve required to undertake such a project is part of the mystery of this astonishing island city.
This charming city is known for its canals, Art Nouveau buildings and energetic buzz, Aveiro has been dubbed the ‘Venice of Portugal’, Aveiro is home to a small network of picturesque canals and is far less crowded but equally as beautiful in architecture.
Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah & Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
Formed during the Iceage, the salt flats of Utah once shipped salt all over the Americas and is a hotly contested area.
Resting in the Andes of southwest Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, stretching over nearly 11, 000 square kilometres. Once a prehistoric lake, the striking, otherworldly landscape reaches the horizon. After the rains, it becomes a never-ending mirror of the sky, creating an upside-down starry night after dark. This is a photographer’s dream.
Ponte 25 Bridge in Portugal & Golden Gate Bridge in California
The iconic Golden Gate bridge is a relatively modern civil engineering wonder, connecting San Francisco to Marin city.
While the Ponte 25 Bridge cannot rival the Golden Gate Bridge in length, it certainly looks very similar.
Great Wall of China & Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall in India
While the Great Wall of China is the longest in the world at 21195.06 kms, the Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall is perhaps equally impressive as the second longest wall on earth. While there is no evidence that it was modelled on the Great Wall, it’s certainly an impressive lookalike.
Peace Tower in Canada & Big Ben in England
Copy-cat architecture is not new, and the Peace Tower, constructed almost 60 years after the Big Ben, is reflective of Canada’s British history.
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