Friday, March 28, 2008

A Small World After All

On a scale somewhere between souvenir buildings and the real deal, “miniature parks” are tourist attractions affording visitors to see famous landmarks in a relatively small space. The parks’ history may have roots in Japanese miniature gardens and grew from there. One such park , Mini-Europe, allows visitors to stroll all over Europe and view scaled-down versions of famous buildings and monuments. From London’s Big Ben to Venice’s canals and Berlin’s wall, “In total 300 models and sites in a quite unequalled craftsmanship.” Located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium, Mini-Europe displays architectural reproductions in a scale of 1:25. About 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented. Tobu World Square, which opened in 1993, is another example with 102 architectural reproductions exhibited in the Park. Its really can be a “small world after all.” Do you know of other miniature parks? Are they worth visiting?

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