Chand Baori (stepwell), India, by Doron

This is a 9th-century stepwell in western India, 100 feet deep, with 3500 steps in 13 tiers. Though it would take some sort of Q-bert-style planning to actually go up and down all 3500. The multiple approaches to the water source hint at the well’s social function — lots of people can descend at once to the cool (and, perhaps in its day somewhat less greenish) waters.

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“Chand Baori (stepwell), Abhaneri, Rajasthan, India,” by Doron, September 2003 :: via Dark Roasted Blend

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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