Chand Baouri


Nope. That’s not a charcoal study by MC Escher. That’s a photograph. Eyeball it for a bit – story and more photos below the break.

Here’s the original photo, right side up.

Chand Baori is a feat of ancient engineering and architecture. According to local legend, ghosts were responsible for its construction. [Found here.]

Chand Baori is a famous stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

This step well is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple, constructed in 800 B.C. and is one of the deepest and largest step wells in India. It was built in the 9th century and has 3500 narrow steps in 13 stories and is 100 feet deep.

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6 Responses to “Chand Baouri”

  1. df's puddy tat Says:

    Amazing. I can’t even imagine how they built it.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    dfpt– No power tools, just pure manual labor.
    I’m only guessing, but they had to start big, just to make sure that they would eventually hit water. How the engineers knew that there was water 100 feet down is a mystery to me.

    But I do know exactly how many blocks of stone it took to complete it. Anyone want to take a guess?

  3. Ispeakjive Says:


  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Ispeak– I recobanize you! What are you doing lurking around in the armpit of the internest? (BTW, the correct answer is one.)

  5. Ispeakjive Says:

    Hey Bunk!

    One? I was only off by a bit.

    The gravitational field of Christina Hendricks big red butt pulled me over here. That thing should have it’s own moons and a tide.

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Ispeak– One of those 1,300,412 that you chose were probably the correct one, so you’re covered. As for Christina Hendricks, that’s a nice red caboose.

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