Stepped Tank

Royal Center, Vijayanagara

This large and geometrically thrilling tank, lined in green diorite, has never required restoration. It has no drain, and is fed by an aqueduct (top of photo; a young man, sitting in the aqueduct's shadow, gives a sense of the tank's size.) Markings on the blocks (not shown) indicate that they were cut elsewhere, before being moved to the site and assembled here.