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Nepal’s Patan Durbar Square Earthquake Damage

Hopefully the last of the extreme seismic activity has ended in Nepal because the toll has been extreme, both to human life and to the nation’s heritage. I already revisited my photographs from a trip there (in 2008) on my Facebook page just as a reminder of happier times. I also wanted to revisit a panorama I shot of Patan’s Durbar Square to see exactly how much of the UNESCO World Heritage Site was damaged. Durbar Squares are the central plazas that were outside the royal palaces and, since Kathmandu used to be three separate kingdoms, it now has three Durbar Squares. It seems that Patan’s fared the best although, as best as I can piece it together, it lost two temples and had a statue knocked off its pedestal. Click the images below to see slightly larger versions or this link to get an image twice again as large (though still 1/10th the full resolution) so you can really see the detail. The detail is spectacular and I’m heartened to see that every effort is being made to salvage as much as possible and plans are already under way to rebuild.