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Siddi Sayed Mosque:

The Sidi Sayed Mosque, Built In 1573, Is One Of The Most Famous Mosques Of Ahmedabad. The Mosque Is Entirely Arcaded. The Mosque Has Ten Screen Windows (Jalis) On The Side And Rear Arches. The Rear Wall Is Filled With Square Stone Pierced Panels In Geometrical Designs. The Two Bays Flanking The Central Aisle Have Reticulated Stone Slabs Carved In Designs Of Intertwined Trees And Foliage And A Palm Motif. This Intricately Carved Stone Window Is Called the Sidi saiyyed jali.

Adalaj Step Well:

The Step Well Was Built In 1499 A.D. By Queen Rudabai. The Designs On Its Walls And Pillars Include Leaves, Flowers, Birds, Fish And Other Breathtaking Ornamental Designs. In The Past, These Step Wells Were Frequented By Travellers And Caravans As Stopovers Along Trade Routes. The Five-Storied, Step-Well Located In The Sleepy Village Of Adlaj Is A Marvel Of Architecture. This Unique Water Work Is An Excellent Blend Of Hindu And Islamic Styles. The Intricately Carved Monument Served Religious And Utilitarian Purposes Of The People Around Though Its Origin Is Marred By Tragedy. The Indo-Islamic Style Of Architecture, Which Developed In India In The Early Centuries Of The Medieval Period, Is Neither A Local Variant Of Islamic Art, Nor A Modification Of Hindu Art, But It Is An Assimilation Of Both The Styles, Though Not Always To An Equal Degree. The Architecture Of This Well Also Shows The Influence Of The Earlier Solanki Rulers Of Gujarat. Built Entirely Of Sandstone, One Can Enter Into This Step-Well From Three Sides, Which Consist Of Octagonal Landings With Huge Carved Colonnades And Intricately Carved Niches. The Step-Well Served Both Ritualistic As Well As Utilitarian Needs.

Rani Ki Vav, Patan Step Well – Architecture:

It Was Built By The Queen Udaymati, The Wife Of Bhimdev. It Is The Best Example Of Such Architecture For Water Wells That Is Peculiar To Gujarat. There Are Wonderful Carved Images In The Niches Of The Walls Of This Multi Storied Step Well. It Was One Of The Largest And The Most Sumptuous Structures Of Its Type. It Became Silted Up And Much Of It Is Not Visible Now, Except For Some Rows Of Sculptured Panels In The Circular Part Of The Well. Among Its Ruins One Pillar Still Stands Which Is The Proof Not Only Of The Elegance Of Its Design, But Also Excellent Example Of This Period. A Part Only Of The West Well Is Extant From Which It Appears That The Wall Had Been Built Of Brick And Faced With Stone.

Dholavira:

Dholavira Is One Of The Largest And Most Prominent Archaeological Sites In India, Belonging To The Indus Valley Civilization. It Is Located In The Kutch District Of Gujarat, Which Is Surrounded By Water In The Monsoon Season. It Is One Of The Most Impressive Harappa Cities Excavated In India. One Of The Remarkable Features Of Dholavira Is The Sophisticated Water Conservation System Of Channels And Reservoirs, The Earliest Found Anywhere In The World And Completely Built Out Of Stone, Of Which Three Are Exposed. They Were Used For Storing The Fresh Water Brought By Rains Or To Store The Water Diverted From A Nearby Rivulet. The Most Significant Discoveries At Dholavira Were Made In One Of The Side Rooms Of The Northern Gateway Of The City. The Harappa Had Arranged And Set Pieces Of Gypsum (A Kind Of Mineral) To Form Ten Large Letters On A Big Wooden Board. At Some Point Of Time The Board Fell Down Flat On Its Face. The Wood Decayed, But The Arrangement Of The Letters Survived. The Letters Of The Signboard Are Comparable To Large Bricks That Were Used In Nearby Wall.

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