The Taj Mahal of Bangladesh

Bangladesh will have, and indeed already has, its own Taj Mahal . Those who thought it was an inimitable monument were very wrong. Although it will never have the charm that one of the New 7 Wonders of the World has , the truth is that it is quite similar and has an undeniable appeal.

Ahsanullah Moni , a Bangladeshi film producer, wanted his country to have a replica of the authentic Taj Mahal found in Agra (India). Although it is not yet completely finished, the site can now be accessed for a modest price of 50 taka (about 50 euro cents).

A total of 45 million euros is what Moni has spent on Italian marble and granite that have served to raise the monument. Despite the fact that the Indians are quite irritated by this replica, he excuses himself by commenting that his countrymen do not have money to travel to Agra and that is why he has done it.

The official inauguration will take place on March 26, 2009 , coinciding with Bangladesh’s national day (Liberation Day). The new Taj Mahal will occupy a square of about 20 hectares , located in Moni’s hometown of Narayanganj.