Char Narayan Temple Reconstruction in Katmandu Valley

Rebuild Char Narayan, the oldest of the temples located in Patan’s Durbar Square. WMF’s long-standing partner in Nepal, Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT), will conduct all necessary work on-site and lead the conservation program.

The sixteenth-century temple collapsed completely in the 2015 earthquake. In the aftermath of the collapse, the army and the police helped community members salvage and secure its fragments, including historic carved door and window frames, which currently await reassembly. The sacred site will be accurately reconstructed using these salvaged materials, while concealing carefully designed seismic reinforcement measures. Those range from enhanced timber joints and steel reinforcement through brick masonry layers to concealed beams that tie the structure together. The project will serve to demonstrate how design features like these can be appropriately integrated in the reconstruction process for other similar sites. Throughout the country, around 750 monuments were affected by the earthquake, according to Nepal’s Department of Archaeology. Since the most recent earthquake, community members have once again been galvanized into action, amid offers of support for reconstruction from international agencies and governments, including the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation of the U.S. Department of State.

Project Details


Location: Kathmandu, Nepal, Southern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): World Monuments Fund, Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) Project partner(s): Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation of the U.S. Department of State Funder(s): American Express Funding received: $245,000 Commencement Date: 01/2016 Project Status: Active
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