Based on Field Inspection on May 19 made by four teams of Explore Himalaya with one Sales Officer, one Photographer and one Tour Guide in each team, the report has been prepared.
The powerful quake has made significant impact on the historic monuments of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. However, many edifices have survived the quake. Here we have the photo essay on Kathmandu Durbar Square, the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. The essay reflects the status of the site after the quake.
The photo essay of other UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be updated in our next update.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
The cluster of ancient temples, palaces. courtyards and monuments that were built during different centuries ( from 16th to 20th century), Kathmandu Durbar Square is probably the most vibrant place in Kathmandu. Though the quake has demolished some of its important edifices, the renovation or rebuilding of these monuments is still attainable and in few years time, the place will regain its cultural significance and artistic legacy.
The Royal Gaddi Baithak- 20th century momument built by Chandra Shamsher suffers partial damage
Kashtamandap- The ancient monument that named the city, Kathmandu completely demolished
Entrance to Hanuman Dhoka Palace- Can be renovated
Kumari Ghar- the home of the Living Goddess suffers no loss at all
Machhindra Bahal- The ancient temple on the way to Durbar Square remains intact
Maju Dewal- 17th century temple also the people’s podium while celebrating vibrant festivals falls to its plinth
Shiva Parvati Temple- still stands tall and can be renovated
Taleju Mandir- The 16th century Royal Deity of Malla Kings survives the quake
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