Replica of Graceland opens in Danish town

by Alister POOLE on April 15, 2011

A replica of the Graceland estate, Elvis Presley’s famous residence, is set to open in Denmark.

The building, a Danish tribute to the performer known as “The King”, has been constructed in Randers and will be officially titled Graceland Randers. Although the Danish version is twice the size of the original, to fit shops, restaurants, and a museum, the buildings are identical.

Almost 6,000 Elvis items, ranging from guitars and handwritten letters to garments, will be on display for all to see. Organisers have hopes of attracting 50,000 visitors per year, with tourism officials in Randers anticipating anything up to 125,000 Elvis fans making the trip to their town annually.

Henrick Knudsen is the main that is the brains behind the project and currently runs a museum in Randers town centre that already fetches 25,000 visitors to the area every year. In a press conference, he told how the project already has the full backing of Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ widow.

After years of planning, work started last summer. The project will cost 26m kronar in total and around 150 people have had exclusive invites to today’s opening ceremony.  According to sources, around 2,000 fans should also turn up. Suzi Quatro, a famous Elvis fan, will cut the ribbon. Doors will officially open to the general public early Saturday morning, with entry costing 95 kronar (£11).

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