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Chand Baori Stepwell in India

The Chand Baori Stepwell in Abhaneri, Rajasthan — India is the oldest and deepest ancient stepwell in the world. Built Between 800 and 900 AD, the well is made up of over 3500 steps in a pyramid pattern that act as stairwells to allow residents of Abhaneri to walk down to the waterline for drinking water, or even a bath. This area of Rajasthan if not only very hot, but notoriously dry, so in centuries-past, this well was a source of health and life.

Abhaneri Step Well

While three sides of the square well are the steps, the forth side is made up of 13 stories worth of pavilions and rooms. During the hot summer months, feasts and relaxation took place in these pavilions, and this would be the center of town where entertainment would be held. This was not just a well, it was a cultural center.

the giant step well of abhaneri

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