Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Golden Fort, so-named for its resemblance to a golden flame in the desert sun, includes Jain temples, a palace, a museum, and one-quarter of the houses in the Old City of Jaisalmer. It was built in the 12th Century and has now been placed upon the World Monuments Watch List of 100 endangered sites. Located in an area of meagre rainfall, the fort was built with a complex system designed to collect rainwater. However, it does not have the capacity to handle the volume of water now necessary to accommodate tourists and as a result the fort has become unstable. It is unclear if anything is being done to contain or reduce the damage.

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