Restoration work in Kathmandu post devastating earthquake of 2015
Fotoplane Writer

Kathmandu. The beautiful city made up of woods. This is what Kathmandu means literally. Kathmandu suffered the wrath of the devastating earthquake in 2015. One of the most devastating in recent centuries. What followed was a series of aftershocks for a couple of months. Almost every day. Bhaktapur, Hanuman Dhoka and Lalitpur were the ones that suffered the most. Almost all the ancient temples that were made of wood got damaged.

Restoration work in Kathmandu

The world has come together to help Nepal since tragedy struck. China and US have offered funds to restore the UNESCO World Heritage sites that got damaged. China is currently funding to restore the nine-storied Basantpur Tower at Durbar Square in Kathmandu. The work is in progress and is expected to complete by December 2018.

Similarly, US has allocated a grant of $100,000 to Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KPVT) to restore the Char Narayan Temple in Patan Durbar Square. The temple got severely damaged during the earthquake. It was originally built in the year 1566 and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The beauty of Newari architecture was something that people used to come to witness here. It is expected that the restoration work will complete by October 2019. In addition to this, $400,000 has been also funded by the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to restore several other building like Patan Royal Palace, 11th-century Rinchenling Monastery in Humla, Kaiser Mahal and Machali Pati, one of the important Hindu site.

Headquartered in New York City, the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust was co-founded in 1990 by Architect Eduard F. Sekler, a Professor at Harvard University, and Architect Erich G. Theophile.

Gaddi Baithak

The restoration work of Gaddi Baithak is also underway. It is a neoclassical building from which Nepal’s kings ruled and managed the affairs of the country. Gaddi Baithak means Royal Seat. This is the place where important foreign guests were welcomed by the king when they visited Nepal.

 

 


The blog has been written by Abhishek Kumar. He is the Staff Photographer of Fotoplane. He can be reached at Instagram or on FacebookRead more articles by the author.