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Gujarat's monument Rani ki Vav to be digitally recreated in Scotland

May 23, 2014 17:45 IST

One of the monuments in Gujarat Rani ki Vav (The Queen's Stepwell) will be digitally recreated in Scotland, United Kingdom under the project called The Scottish Ten.  

Rani ki Vav is among five international heritage sites to be replicated digitally using latest technology in Scotland.

The digital recreation of Rani ki Vav will help bring the site to a much wider audience and raise both its national and international profile. Vav is not widely known outside India and currently it is on the UNESCO tentative World Heritage List.

The other overseas sites which will be digitally recreated under The Scottish Ten project are: the Presidential heads at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in USA, Eastern Qing tombs in China and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. The fifth site will be selected and announced till June 2014.

Besides, the above international sites, the project also include five heritage sites of Scotland. These are Neolithic Orkney, Antonine Wall, the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, New Lanark cotton mill complex and the island of St Kilda.

About Scottish Ten project

The Scottish Ten project is an ambitious five year programme to create accurate digital models of Scotland's five UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites and five international heritage sites in order to better conserve and manage them.

The primary aims of the Scottish Ten project are to:

•    Digitally preserve important historical sites for the benefit of future generations in Scotland and overseas.

•    Share and promote Scottish technical expertise in conservation and digital visualisation.

•    Foster international collaboration and build lasting partnerships that capitalise on cultural connections with Scotland.

•    Provide 3D digital models and data to site staff to better care for the heritage asset.

•    Create digital documentation and accurate 3D surveys of the sites for future development of innovative world class and innovative research, education and management.

About Rani ki Vav


Rani ki Vav is a famous stepwell situated in Patan town in Gujarat in India.Patan was called as Anhilpur Patan when King Siddharja Jaysingh was ruling & it was the capital of Gujarat.

Rani ki Vav was built in between 1022-1063 AD. The site was only re-discovered in the 1950s as it’s many levels had been backfilled with silt over the centuries. As a result the ornate carvings are excellently preserved. It has many unique features which have rendered it one of the most important step wells in India.

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