I’ve Spent Years Searching For India’s Vanishing Subterranean Marvels
Nov18

I’ve Spent Years Searching For India’s Vanishing Subterranean Marvels

Thirty years ago on my first of many visits to India, I saw a form of architecture entirely unknown to me. Called a “stepwell” (but known throughout India by many other names including “vav” and “baoli”). I was stunned after peering over a low stone wall to find the ground disappear beneath me. A man-made stepped chasm plunged six stories underground, full of ornate stone columns and sculpture that seemed to disappear into murky...

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