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Newari architecture in Kathmandu: ‘Old and weak’ buildings are also part of heritage

Newars, who reportedly came to Kathmandu Valley in the thirteenth century, are considered the ‘original inhabitants’ of the capital city. Kathmandu’s cultural identity mostly constitutes various dimensions of Newari tradition. What stands out among these aspects of their culture is architecture. Until a few decades, most houses in core city areas of Kathmandu Valley had […]

On Janmasthami, Patan’s restored Krishna Mandir welcomes pilgrims again

The Patan Krishna Mandir, built in 1637 by Siddhi Narsing Malla, has a lot of cultural significance. Built-in the Shikhara style and constructed using carved stone, instead of the usual brick and timber, this temple is one of the oldest stone temples in Nepal. While many pagoda style temples were reduced to rubble, in the […]