Gujarat’s Rani-Ki-Vav gets World Heritage site status
Rani-ki-Vav, an 11th century stepwell in the Patan area of Gujarat, has been approved for placement on the World Heritage list by UNESCO.
As per the UNESCO’s statement, “the Queen’s Stepwell” was designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water.
- Location: On the banks of Saraswati, Patan, Gujarat.
- Built by: Queen Udayamati as a memorial to King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty.
- The 11th century stepwell and is one of the finest examples of stepwells in Gujarat.
- The well is subterranean structure with a series of steps, board landings, pavilions and sculpted walls which provides access to water in deep water. It is of seven storeys with five exist and there are more than 800 elaborate sculptures which are survived. This is a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India.