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Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park

Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park, inscribed as a World Heritage Center by UNESCO in the year 2004, is an ancient sacred site in Panchmahals District of Gujarat. The park has been listed as one among the hundred most endangered monuments on the World Monuments Watch List.

Recent excavations have unearthed ancient fortifications, palaces, and other relics of 8th to 14th centuries. Remains of religious buildings, ramparts, palaces, ancient dwellings, and water installations are found in this site. Also included are the ruins of the 15th century capital of Gujarat State. All of these are characterized by a subtle blend of Hindu and Muslim architectural style. It is the only site that shows Islamic pre- Mughal heritage as a whole, which is clearly evident in the Great Mosque, Jama Masjid. The park is a sacred place for Hindus, who throng in large numbers at the Kalikamata Temple located on top of the Pavagadh Hill.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Panchmahals


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