Photo: our_bangladesh [Flickr]
It took almost 20 years for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal in the 1600s, but it took only 5 years for wealthy movie director Ahsanullah Moni to build his replica near Dhaka, Bangladesh:
He has imported marble and granite from Italy, diamonds from Belgium and used 160kg of bronze for the dome.
In support of his project, he said: "Everyone dreams about seeing the Taj Mahal but very few Bangladeshis can make the trip because it's too expensive for them."
The Indians, however aren't amused and are thinking of suing Moni for copyright infringement: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Fake-Taj-Mahal-India-Angry-Over-Bangladeshi-Plans-To-Build-Replica-Taj-Mahal/Article/200812215178174?lpos=World_News_News_Your_Way_Region_5&lid=NewsYourWay_ARTICLE_15178174_Fake_Taj_Mahal%3A_India_Angry_Over_Bangladeshi_Plans_To_Build_Replica_Taj_Mahal | Reuter has the video - via Oddly Enough, Thanks Robert Basler !