Bangladeshi filmmaker Ahsanullah Moni has built a life-size copy of India's famed Taj Mahal near the capital, Dhaka.
During an unveiling ceremony Tuesday, Moni said he was inspired to build the replica of the "monument to love" after visiting the iconic landmark in Agra in 1980. He said most Bangladeshis cannot afford to go to Agra to see the "real thing", so he has brought it to them.
Unlike the real Taj Mahal, which took 20 years to built, Moni's version was created in less than six years at a cost of about 57 million dollars. No expense was spared -- architects traveled to India several times to measure the original, and imported Italian marble and Belgian diamonds were used in its construction.