Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Architecture Of Bhaktapur

Patina doesn't begin to describe the look of old Bhaktapur, a city founded in the ninth century. How about falling down? Fair enough, but what does one expect after a devastating earthquake in 1934? OK, that event seems like a long time ago, but it's Nepal and life moves slower there, especially with the country's limited resources.

Here's a glance at the architectural style of the town and the challenge to keep the structures upright.

A typical building, weezing. Life goes on as normal, despite the impending collapse facing many houses.

A restorer's nightmare. The most famous window in Bhaktapur, a wood carved peacock. Heavily carved lattice work is prevalent throughout the town and this window is the finest example of this complicated style.

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