Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

This is another card from a new Unesco site, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, India. This site was added to the Word Heritage list in 2010. 
The card was sent by Piyush. 

The Jantar Mantar, in Jaipur, is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments. They are monumental examples in masonry of known instruments but which in many cases have specific characteristics of their own. Designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye, they embody several architectural and instrumental innovations. This is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India's historic observatories. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. -

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