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Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen's Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat

Date of Submission: 03/07/1998
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Archaeological Survey of India
Coordinates: 23°51'N, 72°11'E Rani-ki-vav is situated in Patan in Gujarat State, about 134 km west of Ahmedabad
Ref.: 1091
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Description

The Rani-ki-Vav is situated about 2 km to the northwest of Patan district of Gujarat State. It is the most magnificent stepwell in Gujarat built during 11-12th century. It faces east. A stepped corridor compartmented at regular intervals with pillared multi-storeyed pavilions is a unique feature. The four pavilions which demarcate the stages along the descent have multiple storeys, two, four, six and seven respectively. Sculptures of deities and other images adorn the walls flanking the staircase. Nearly four hundred niches on the walls display images.