Replicas of Taj Mahal that You Probably Didn’t Know About
As you know, the Taj Mahal is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
But what you may not know is that this architectural wonder has a number of replicas all around the world.
Want to learn more? Read ahead!
Taj Mahal – a symbol of love – is a beauty that every individual should experience at least once in a lifetime. This white-marble mausoleum, located in Agra (Uttar Pradesh, India) and built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan sometime between 1631 and 1652, attracts millions of tourists from all around the world. Also, it’s said that the Taj Mahal’s breathtaking architecture leaves everyone in a hypnotic trance.
In this article, we’ll talk about some structures that bear a salient resemblance to the Taj Mahal.
Bibi Ka Maqbara: The Taj of Deccan
Fondly called The Poor Man’s Taj Mahal, Bibi Ka Maqbara is a stunning monument located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The structure was first commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in memory of his first wife Dilras Banu Begum. Later, his eldest son Azam Shah completed the construction in the late 17th century. Spreading over a vast area of 15,000 sq feet, Bibi Ka Maqbara is considered a symbol of Aurangzeb’s conjugal fidelity.
Taj Arabia: The Taj Mahal of Dubai
Taj Arabia is a lavish hotel located on Burj Khalifa Street, Dubai. This structure is four times larger than the original Taj Mahal in Agra. Moreover, it’s a part of the renowned Mughal Gardens area of Dubai. It’s a famous wedding venue, and also boasts hundreds of residential apartments, dining venues, swimming pools, nightclubs, and more.
Taj Mahal of China: The Window to the World
The Taj Mahal of China is another majestic monument located at a theme park in the Shenzhen area. This structure, also known as the ‘Window to the World’, is unique and extremely charming in its way. The surrounding area is packed with lush green plants that offer rejuvenation to all visitors. Moreover, the park is home to replicas of several other monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, etc.
Humayun’s Tomb: The Dormitory of the Mughals
Humayun’s Tomb is widely recognized as one of the earliest examples of Mughal-era architecture. This magnificent structure was built by the renowned Mughal Emperor Akbar and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India. Built in 1570, Humayun’s Tomb is older than the Taj Mahal, and it’s believed that this structure heavily influenced the design as well as the layout of the latter.
Taj Mahal Bangladesh: The Taj Mahal of Love
Taj Mahal Bangladesh is located at a near distance from the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. A famous Bangladeshi filmmaker named Ahsan Ullah Moni built this structure in 2008, hoping it would offer a glimpse of the real Taj Mahal to the people of his nation. This site is now one of the major tourist attractions in Bangladesh.
The list also includes the Taj of Bangalore (Bangalore, India), The Royal Pavilion (Brighton, United Kingdom), Al-Hakim Mosque (in Padang, West Sumatra), etc.