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A miniature world comes alive in the Big Apple

Travel like Gulliver through famous landmarks from around the globe, now on display in Times Square.


April 12, 2017 | Latest Photo Prev Next
A miniature model of St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow, which is part of the Gullivers Gate exhibit.A miniature model of St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow, which is part of the Gullivers Gate exhibit.Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images
April 12, 2017 | Latest Photo

What if you could visit the Parthenon, the Colosseum and the Great Wall of China without leaving the Big Apple? New York's latest tourist attraction just opened and offers visitors international escapism. It's a $40 million installation of 50 nations in miniature: a kind of Gulliver's Travels for the 21st century. Hence its name: Gulliver's Gate.

The Times Square exhibit – which spans a 49,000-square-foot space and takes about 90 minutes to walk through – hopes to draw a million visitors a year to its Lilliputian-style world crafted by hundreds of artists from around the world.

The idea is the brainchild of Eiran Gazit, an alumnus of Hebrew University in Israel.

Eiran Gazit (foreground) said he grew up with 200 model airplanes hanging over his head. His fascination with miniatures never abated.Eiran Gazit (foreground) said he grew up with 200 model airplanes hanging over his head. His fascination with miniatures never abated. (Photo: Facebook)

"It will be the largest, most intricate, most technologically advanced miniature display anywhere, right here in New York," said Gazit. He should know. Before creating this display, the Tel Aviv-born entrepreneur was the founder and CEO of "Mini Israel," a 14-acre miniature display outside of Jerusalem.

Why did Gazit and his team create the exhibit? Watch them explain in the video below.

Other landmarks include Stonehenge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre and Big Ben.

Is this a prehistoric monument in England or a model in Times Square?Is this a prehistoric monument in England or a model in Times Square? (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Manhattan's iconic museums are in the spotlight at the new exhibit.Manhattan's iconic buildings are in the spotlight at the new exhibit. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Is this the same Louvre where Tom Hanks filmed 'The Da Vinci Code'?Is this the same Louvre where Tom Hanks filmed 'The Da Vinci Code'? (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Big Ben isn't really so big here.Big Ben isn't really so big here. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

An artist works on a closeup scene of Jerusalem...

The models include intricate details.The models include intricate details. (Photo: Courtesy)

... and the finished product is seen below.

A miniature model of the city of Jerusalem.A miniature model of the city of Jerusalem. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Artisans and craftspeople in 8 countries on 4 continents helped construct the models. See how they worked their magic in this video.

You don't have to wear a harness to maintain the windows on these skyscrapers.

A behind-the-scenes photo of one of the artists.Behind the scenes, artists work on details and textures. (Photo: Courtesy)

And you can sweep a Manhattan street with a paintbrush.

The iconic bull of Wall Street.The iconic bull of Wall Street gets a dusting. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Paris' Arc de Triomphe is a romantic locale at any scale.

This why Paris known as the city of lights and love.This is why Paris is known as the city of lights and love. (Photo: Facebook)

Wildlife management is unheard of here. Animals can roam freely at Gulliver's Gate.

Catching a deer has never been easier.Catching a deer has never been easier. (Photo: Courtesy)

Even a mini Times Square comes replete with billboards.

A miniature model of Times Square is part of the Gulliver's Gate exhibit.A miniature model of Times Square is part of the Gulliver's Gate exhibit. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Watch this video we put together about the exhibit.

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