Photographer's Note

Katmandu is a city brimming with stunning and historic buildings; none more so than Durbar Square, Patan. It is, in fact two cities divided only by the river Bagmati. On one bank stands Katmandu and on the other Patan. The Royal Square of Patan is a United Nations Word Heritage Site and deservedly so. The beauty of the many ancient temples is overwhelming.
Due, however, to the political instability of the country in recent times, many of the buildings are in a bad state of neglect. During the Middle Ages, Patan was a thriving merchant kingdom on the trade routes from India to China and Tibet. Its past wealth is reflected in the magnificence of its architecture.
This picture shows the steps of the Vishwanath Temple, built is 1627 and dedicated to the God Shiva. As well and being a repository of Narwi art and architecture, the square is a popular meeting place for local people, many of whom like to hang out their, meeting their friends or chatting in the shade.

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