Rani Ki Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell), Patan, Gujarat

Rani ki vav was built as a memorial to an 11th-century king Bhima I. It was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on 22 June 2014.

Rani-ki-Vav is an exceptional example of a distinctive form of subterranean water architecture of the Indian subcontinent, the stepwell, which is located on the banks of the Saraswati River in Patan. Initially built as a memorial in the 11th century CE, the stepwell was constructed as a religious as well as functional structure and designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water.

 

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