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Patwon Ji KI Haveli

By MalcolmS  
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.

Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture Flowers and plants Humour Landscape and travel

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Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 7:39PM
Incredible buildings - Two great shots of them - thanks also for a very interesting write up.

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Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Mar 2013 7:44PM
Two impressive archiectural images Malcolm, excellent perspective and detail in the stonework
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
3 Mar 2013 8:01PM
Amazing architecture. Well captured.....Sandy
4 Mar 2013 3:31PM
Amazing decorative Indian Architecture, great composition & lighting
Regards Brian
9 Mar 2013 10:46AM
I like the placard too, I would be paying 50R. Wonderful Indian Architecture and the capture is excellent.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2013 10:30PM
Wonderful captures of an amazing building. Great work on both sides of the camera.
Incredible detail and wonderfull colour in these shots

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