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The extraordinary skill of the Gujaratis craftsmen who worked on wood and stone gave to the state a big range of exceptionnal historical monuments. This heritage covers constructions related to various functions and believes.

Amongst the oldest monuments, numerous brahmanical and jaïn temples are of national importance: the temples of the pilgrimage places Dwarka, Somnath, Palitana and Junagadh, as well as the Sun temple at Modhera. Don' miss also the step wells, like the Rani ki Vav near Patan, or the well of Adalaj.

Gujarat is also rich of many indo-islamic monuments, such as the site of Champaneer (on the UNESCO list), or the stone mosques of Ahmedabad. Having a look at the incredible stone jali of the Sidi Sayyed mosque in Ahmedabad is a must.

Numerous cities of Gujarat are still having their fort, wall, gates and palaces. Go and visit the city palace of Bhuj, the capital of Kutchh, the old carved gates of Dabhoi, the fortified cities of Lakhpat and Tera, the palaces of Junagadh, the city walls of Dhrangadhra, the city and the palace of Mandvi, etc.

Like Ahmedabad, many towns have partly kept their small patrimony, especially the havelis, those decorated houses of rich merchants, the pols gates, and the chabutros (or bird masts).

Ahmedabad welcomed the designs of the famous french architect Le Corbusier, and the Sanskar Kendra, that is now the city museum, can be visited. Constructions of other contemporary architects like Louis Kahn et BV Doshi are also to be seen.

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