Patan Durbar Square

Kathmandu is filled with ornate architecture, and one of the best places to view it is in the royal squares, important parts of the old kingdoms that once made up Nepal. Patan Durbar Square’s architecture dates mostly from the 1600s. While I was visiting, many temples and buildings remained closed due to reconstruction from the devastating 2015 earthquake damage nearly two years prior. I ate a Nepali lunch on the lovely rooftop of Durbar Café overlooking the center of the square, and roamed around the square for a bit afterwards.

A Nepali wedding procession heads toward the south of the square.
Crowds gather around the procession while loud, festive music plays.
Bewildered tourists loiter about taking photos, unsure of what is happening.
Bhimsen Mandir, built in 1680, survived the 2015 earthquake, but the interior was still being reconstructed.
Vibrant colors of a woman’s clothes splash out against the dusty, tan walkway.
A variety of people mill about the main square.
Krishna Mandir under reconstruction from earthquake damage.
The iconic Chyasing Dewal temple at the south entrance to the square.
A Nepali lion guards the entrance to a Buddhist temple, yet welcomes visitors with an oddly pleasant smile.

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