Stepwells - Heritage of Water Architecture
Genre: Archaeology | Architecture | History
Duration: 52 min, HD
Who looks down to see a building? But that’s how one accesses the stepwells, by looking down into them, walking down into them and penetrating the earth. Stepwells were made by digging deep trenches into the earth for ground water and then stairs were created to lead down to the water. There are a total of 800 documented stepwells across the planet, of which 90% are found in India. Stepwells were made for water preservation that used rainwater harvesting for the year round supply, but in the last few centuries they became gigantic structures that served as civic centers, cooling stations and the status symbols of the kingdoms. The film will be a comprehensive visual document encapsulating the historical, archeological, engineering and architectural importance of the stepwells.