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Imagine a country so dry that you have to build a 10-level stepped structure going down into the earth to get water. Such is India, where thousands of stepwells were built from the 2nd through the 19th century. Many have been abandoned and are in disrepair since the introduction of modern waterworks and plumbing. Some have been destroyed. Now largely obsolete, these Escher-like cisterns were once monuments of public life. And in the midst of water shortage, stepwells may refill their civic…

Chicago Journalist Victoria Lautman Spends Four Years Traversing India to Document Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before they Disappear.

stepwell-4 Victoria Lautman, une journaliste américaine, a parcouru l’Inde pendant de nombreuses années. Lors de son premier voyage, elle a eu la chance de découvrir une architecture souterraine bien méconnue : les réservoirs en escaliers.

Voués à disparaître, admirez une dernière fois ces magnifiques édifices souterrains construits il y a 2 000 ans

Chicago Journalist Victoria Lautman Spends Four Years Traversing India to Document Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before they Disappear.

Bundi, India amazing medieval stepwell of Dabhai Kund. - http://places2seebeforeyoudie.com/bundi-india-amazing-medieval-stepwell-of-dabhai-kund/

Picture of Bundi, India: amazing medieval stepwell of Dabhai Kund, built. stock photo, images and stock photography.

Journalist Spends Four Years Traversing India to Document Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before they Disappear

Chicago Journalist Spends Four Years Traversing India To Document Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before They Disappear

fin garden, kashan, iran | islamic art + architecture

Fin Garden, Kashan, Iran Kashan is an oasis city coined between the Dasht-e Kavir (Desert of Salt Marsh) on its eastern side and the Zagros mountains on its western side. The city and its surroundings boast a broad variety of interesting sites,.

Cuba had a beautiful architecture. After 1959 Cuba has deteriorated. The beautiful buildings with elaborate facades have fallen and destroyed. Today is just a ugly sketch of a beautiful past.

Havana, Cuba - Love the colour of this building and the worn tired look. Not sure if I would like this colour all bright new and shiny though. What a grand old building that could do with a little TLC.

#BucketList - Holi, India Also known as the festival of colors and love, this vivid spring festival brings all people together. The social barriers break completely, friend or stranger, rich or poor, men or women, children or elders, Hindu or not, all people come together to celebrate the end of the winter season. And most important to celebrate that everyone is the same!

Holi, India Also known as the festival of colors and love, this vivid spring festival brings all people together. The social barriers break completely,…

Rajasthan India √ http://rogerdhansen.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/indias-historic-step-wells-and-ponds/

India’s Historic Stepwells

According to a short article by Catherine B. Zuckerman in NG (Feb . India is pocked with thousands of deep, elaborately constructed cisterns known as step wells and step ponds.

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