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Stepwells were designed to provide easy-to-access, year-round water supplies and are found primarily in South Asia. Many Indian stepwells are elaborately decorated structures, but only one has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Rani Ki Vav (or "the queen's stepwell") in Gujarat. Rani Ki Vav was built as a seven-story inverted Hindu temple, probably in the 11th or 12th century, with more than a thousand sculptures representing religious and literary figures carved into the natural sandstone. Changes to the flow of the nearby Saraswati River caused the stepwell to flood and silt to accumulate, and Rani Ki Vav was only excavated and restored in the late 1980s. www.atlasobscura.com/places/rani-ki-vav
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