Published On: Wed, Jul 9th, 2014

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee and Rani-ki-Vav

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Doha, at its 38th session, has inscribed the 11th century step-well of the Solanki era, Rani-ki-Vav, in Patan, Gujarat, as a world heritage site. It is Gujarat’s second world heritage property to be placed on UNESCO’s coveted list after Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological park.

The step-well bears testimony of queen Udaymati’s love for her husband king Bhimdev-I of the Solanki period and was built between 1063 AD and 1068 AD. Barely a two-hour drive from Ahmedabad, near Patan town, this subterranean step-well symbolizes the peak of Gujarat-style architecture.

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