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Russia’s “Potemkin Villages” are recognized as fake communities that have been constructed in order to give off the appearance of an actual town or settlement. Traced back to the namesake of Field Marshall Aleksandrovich Potemkin, the soldier was commissioned by Catherine the Great back in 1787 to build artificial villages along her route to the Crimea to disguise the run-down region.

Photographer Gregor Sailer has in turn released a new book showcasing comparable “Potemkin Villages” from all across the globe. His shoots include imagery of replicated European cities in China, test cities in Scandinavia, combat training centers and more.

To get a feel for Sailer’s The Potemkin Village, scan through the gallery above, then follow to Amazon to secure a copy.

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