These Fantastical Indian Buildings Were All Built Before This Century

October 23, 2014 1:16 PM

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These Fantastical Indian Buildings Were All Built Before This Century

There’s almost too much to see in India. Since pre-Biblical times, the faithful and the powerful have been erecting monuments that outlast themselves. The best of these sites are not just beautiful but clever, with functions as diverse as keeping a visitor cool, to mimicking heaven. A full survey would take a lifetime -- so we thought we’d narrow the field a bit. Below, a cross-section of the most visionary architecture of north India, built before this century.

Ever wonder how Rajasthani royalty kept cool in the desert heat? The lucky ones headed to Deeg Palace, an ingenious summer resort built north of the Taj Mahal in 1772. In operation until the 1970s (today it is a tourist site), Deeg was designed to cool its occupants into a state of bliss. A series o...

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