A Recent History of China's Counterfeit Buildings and Cities

Ronchamp Chapel

Location: Zhengzhou, China

Year built: 1994

Le Corbusier, the Father of Modernism, was the architect behind the original Notre Dame du Haut the chapel in Ronchamp, France. Le Corbusier is arguably one the most studied architecture theorists, but why the Chinese government would replicate a Christian chapel. As an atheist state, the choice to replicate the chapel seems odd. Nonetheless, the replica did not stay erect for long, as the Le Corbusier Foundation sued for the demolition of the replica, which was an almost exact replica of the original.

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