Rani-Ki-Vav stepwell, Patan, Gujarat, is located 127 km north-west of Ahmedabad.
Built in 1063 CE during the times of Chaulukya Solanki rulers, Rani-Ki-Vav is the oldest and the deepest among 120 stepwells in Gujarat. Silted over, it was re-discovered in 1940s and restored in 1980s.
It’s a richly sculptured monument; designed as an inverted temple, it has 7 levels, leading down to the well. It’s 65 metres long, 20 metres wide and 28 metres deep.
The walls, pillars, columns, brackets and beams are highly ornate with sculptures, carvings and delicate motifs. There are more than 500 main sculptures and over 1,000 minor ones!
Rani-Ki-Vav reveals the mastery of those times – over complex technique, planning and workmanship; and the beauty of art and detail!
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