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sábado, 5 de setembro de 2015

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

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Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has 
traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells 
that were once used to access water during dry months. Lautman has been 
shooting photos to document the beautiful architecture of the sites, creating 
records of the structures as they’re slowly being lost to decay.


Thousands of the stepwells have been built in India over the ages. Early ones
 were basic in design, but the sites became more and more elaborate
 as art and engineering progressed in the culture.

Some of the wells extend 10 stories into the ground. Long staircases were
 built into the wells to provide access to the fluctuating water table.
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RANI_KI_VAV_(76)
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RANI_KI_VAV_(33)
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Lautman published a longer essay about the history of these stepwells over at ArchDaily a few years ago (the piece includes many more photos as well).
(via petapixel, by 

  • Published on September 5, 2015 by Michael Zhang


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    Ricardo Luiz Töws

    Doutor em Geografia pelo PGE-UEM - Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geografia, membro do GEUR - Grupo de Estudos Urbanos e do Observatório das Metrópoles - Núcleo R.M.M. Professor do Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Paraná (IFPR Campus Avançado Astorga).
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