|UNESCO #1338 - The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur - INDIA|
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur - INDIA - UNESCO #1338
The second card (this one really damaged) shows the astronomical observation site of Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. Several instruments are impressive in their dimensions, and some are the largest ever built in their category. Thank you very much Akhil for another great contribution to my UNESCO collection (reached 431 sites, 576 more and I'm done). This postcard took 17 days to arrive!
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.