Patan Durbar Square, Nepal

Patan Durbar Square a World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal is home to Vishveshvara Temple. The Vishveshvara Temple, built in 1627 was severely damaged. Vishveshvara Temple is known for its famous wood carvings and complex structural design, both of which prevented its total collapse in the earthquake.

Patan Durbar Square a World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal is home to Vishveshvara Temple, one of the three architectural jewels of the historic square. On April 25th, 2015 Nepal suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which forever altered the heritage site. The Vishveshvara Temple, dedicated to Vishveshvara, the Lord of the Universe and built in 1627 was severely damaged. Vishveshvara Temple is known for its famous wood carvings and complex structural design, both of which prevented its total collapse in the earthquake. The inner structure of the sanctum remained intact but the exterior layer of veneer bricks collapsed. The columns of the outer ambulatory were also dislodged.

GHF will work with Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) an American, Nepali non profit focused on restoring and safeguarding Nepal’s architectural heritage. The activities planned for the Vishveshvara Temple are all in-situ preservation which include repairs on the inner and outer walls, conservation and cleaning of the stone carvings, replacement of the rotted timber elements, and realignment of the columns. Any additional scaffolding and shoring for construction will also be provided. The required approvals from the Nepal Government Agencies and the fencing and scaffolding are already in place.

Project Details


Location: Kathmandu, Nepal, Southern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT), Global Heritage Fund Funder(s): Private Donors, The Tony and Maureen Wheeler Foundation Funding received: $141,000 Commencement Date: 01/2016 Project Status: Completed
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