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The New Taj Mahal


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: Link | Reuter has the video - via Oddly Enough, Thanks Robert Basler !


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No-one has mentioned how exorbitant this whole project is. Bangladesh is a VERY poor country, first this guy brings in imported things and builds a palace when regular joes don't even have a roof over their head. Plus, who is going to go pay a fee to see it when they can't even eat 3 meals a day?!!
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There is a theme park called window of the world in Shenzhen, China that has a scaled down model of the Taj Mahal. http://lh6.ggpht.com/_YuM_GWCk5n8/RuQPnkTfv6I/AAAAAAAAAUw/yQAVqPpUDWQ/IMG_1449.JPG
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