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Archaeological Park Champaner-Pavagadh

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Archaeological Park Champaner-Pavagadh is Panchmahal district, Gujarat. It was created on the site of the city Champaner, built in the 8th century on top of a hill Pavagadh, towering 800 metres above sea level. In the 16th century the city was captured by Mahmudom Begda, the Sultan of Gujarat. It was then rebuilt Champaner, it is transferred to the foot of the hill, renamed Muhammadabad, and it becomes the capital of Gujarat. At that time this city became the commercial, military and cultural center.

Park Champaner-Pavagadh covers the territory of the hill and its foot, and is a whole system of residential, military, religious and agricultural buildings, some of which are quite well preserved to the present day. The Park has five mosques, including the Great Mosque, or JAMA Masjid, a height of 30m, the architecture of which is remarkably intertwined as Hindu and Muslim motifs. This mosque later became a model for Muslim religious architecture in India. Besides mosques, the Park has many Hindu temples dedicated to various deities. So at the top of the hill stands the temple Kalikamata, he operates to this day and is a place of pilgrimage for many believers. No less interesting are the preserved fortifications of Sandstone towers which are adorned with beautiful balconies. Also at the foot of the mountain are the ruins of the once luxurious Royal Palace.

Since 2004 the archaeological Park became a UNESCO world heritage site by UNESCO and is under protection of this organisation. Excavations are underway today as a treasure of the ancient city still remain hidden under the ground.