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    Aug132010

    Jantar Mantar: Newly Inscribed As UNESCO World Heritage 

    Jantar Mantar, Jaipur India, Image Source:Wiki

    Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical architectural site in Jaipur, India is one of the 21 sites newly inscribed on August 2nd, in the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. The site was built by Maharaja Jai Singh between 1727 and 1734. 

    UNESCO says: "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."

    ~ Gauri

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