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The havelis in and around Jaisalmer Fort(also known as the Golden Fort), situated in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, were the elaborate homes of Jaisalmer's rich merchants. The ostentatious carvings etched out in sandstone with infinite detail and then painstakingly pieced together in different patterns each more lavish than the next were commissioned to put on show the owner's status and wealth. Around Jaisalmer, they are typically carved from yellow sandstone.They are often characterized by wall paintings, frescoes, jharokhas (balconies) and archways.

The Patwon Ji ki Haveli is the most important and the largest haveli, as it was the first erected in Jaisalmer. It is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5 small havelis. The first in the row is also the most popular, and is also known as Kothari's Patwa Haveli. The first among these was commissioned and constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa, then a rich trader of jewellery and fine brocades, and is the biggest and the most ostentatious. Patwa was a rich man and a renowned trader of his time and he could afford and thus order the construction of separate stories for each of his 5 sons. These were completed in the span of 50 years. All five houses were constructed in the first 60 years of the 19th century. Patwon Ji Ki is renowned for its ornate wall paintings, intricate yellow sandstone-carved jharokhas (balconies), gateways and archways. Although the building itself is made from yellow sandstone, the main gateway is brown.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Oct 2012 - 6:52 AM
Focal Length:47mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Patwon Ji KI Haveli
Username:MalcolmS MalcolmS
Uploaded:3 Mar 2013 - 7:35 PM
Tags:Architecture, Flowers & plants, General, Humour, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism
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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 7:39 PM

Incredible buildings - Two great shots of them - thanks also for a very interesting write up.

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Glostopcat
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3 Mar 2013 - 7:44 PM

Two impressive archiectural images Malcolm, excellent perspective and detail in the stonework

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Daisymaye
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3 Mar 2013 - 8:01 PM

Amazing architecture. Well captured.....Sandy

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2013 - 3:31 PM

Amazing decorative Indian Architecture, great composition & lighting
Regards Brian

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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
9 Mar 2013 - 10:46 AM

I like the placard too, I would be paying 50R. Wonderful Indian Architecture and the capture is excellent.

Harriet

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2013 - 10:30 PM

Wonderful captures of an amazing building. Great work on both sides of the camera.
Hanni

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babajoshua
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6 Dec 2013 - 6:59 PM

Incredible detail and wonderfull colour in these shots

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