Taj Mahal Bangladesh

Taj Mahal Bangladesh

Taj Mahal Bangladesh (Bengali: তাজ মহল বাংলাদেশ) is a full-scale copy of the original Taj Mahal (a Mughal mausoleum located in Agra, India) located 16 kilometres (10 mi) east of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka in Sonargaon. Unlike the original, work on the building took only five years. Ahsan Ullah Moni, a wealthy Bangladeshi film-maker, announced his 'Copycat version of Taj Mahal' project in December 2008. The project cost about US$56 Million, and was built 32 kilometres (20 mi) northeast of Dhaka. Moni has explained that he built a replica of the Taj Mahal so that the poor of his nation can realise their dream of seeing neighbouring India's famed monument. This caused complaints from Indian officials, "You can't just go and copy historical monuments" an official of Indian High Commission in Dhaka told press.

Construction began in 2003, but Mr Moni says that he came up with the idea in 1980 when he first visited the real ...Read more

Taj Mahal Bangladesh (Bengali: তাজ মহল বাংলাদেশ) is a full-scale copy of the original Taj Mahal (a Mughal mausoleum located in Agra, India) located 16 kilometres (10 mi) east of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka in Sonargaon. Unlike the original, work on the building took only five years. Ahsan Ullah Moni, a wealthy Bangladeshi film-maker, announced his 'Copycat version of Taj Mahal' project in December 2008. The project cost about US$56 Million, and was built 32 kilometres (20 mi) northeast of Dhaka. Moni has explained that he built a replica of the Taj Mahal so that the poor of his nation can realise their dream of seeing neighbouring India's famed monument. This caused complaints from Indian officials, "You can't just go and copy historical monuments" an official of Indian High Commission in Dhaka told press.

Construction began in 2003, but Mr Moni says that he came up with the idea in 1980 when he first visited the real Taj in Agra, India. "Everyone dreams about seeing the Taj Mahal but very few Bangladeshis can make the trip because it's too expensive for them," he said. Mr Moni first visited the original in 1980 and has made six return trips. So enamoured was he of the site that he hired a group of architects and sent them to India to measure it. He said: "I used the same marble and stone as in the original Taj. We used machinery, which is why it took less time. Otherwise it would have taken 20 years and 22,000 workers to complete it". Mr Mittal, of the Indian High Commission, did concede that the replica was unlikely to detract from the magnificence of the original. He also admitted that visitors were unlikely to mix up one with the other. "A copy is a form of flattery, I suppose", he said.

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