The Kathmandu valley region of Nepal
has a large selection of fine temples, known as stupas. The
famed artistic skills of the valley’s Newar people reached their zenith under
the Mallas. One-upmanship between the city-states of Kathmandu, Patan and
Bhatapur fuelled a competive building boom as each tried to outdo the other with
even more magnificent palaces and temples. The Newari architect
Arniko can be said to be father of the Asian pagoda.
Temples are either Buddhist, Hinu, or both.
- Swayambhunath – The most popular and
recognisable symbols of Nepal. This great buddist temple sites on top of a
hill west of Kathmandu. Also know as the Monkey Temple.
- Bodnath Stupa – Similar to
Swayambhunath, but much bigger. One of the worlds largest stupas, found
In Bodnath, outside of Kathmandu.
- Durbur Square, Kathmandu – A fine
collection of palaces and temples. Where the city’s kings were once
crowed and legitimised, and from where they ruled (durbar means palace).
The traditional heart of Kathmandu.
- Durbur Square, Patan – This
concentrated mass of temples is the most visually stunning display of Newari
achitecture to be seen in Nepal.