A. Sutherland - AncientPages.com - The Barabar Caves are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India. Mostly dated to the Maurya Empire (322-185 BC, they were carved out of a huge granite rock.
The caves are situated in the twin hills of Barabar (four caves). Three others - Nagarjuni Caves are in the 1.6 km distant Nagarjuni Hill, among the rock-strewn ridges of Jahanabad, Bihar, India.
Skilled Builders And High Quality Equipment
Most Barabar caves consist of two rooms, cut out of granite, with perfectly chiseled and polished inner surfaces, which resulted in glass-like smoothness of high perfection. The impression is particularly amazing because rock boulders on the outside the cave, are rough and irregular.
Technology and design of the Barabar caves have features such as inclining walls, rounded roofs and lustrous inner surfaces, which we can characterize as mirror-like in their amazing effect.
Their acoustics is also masterwork; the surfaces are not only remarkably polished and beautiful but also enhance every sound inside the caves!
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