Nepal – Home to Many Extant Historic Sites, Despite Earthquake

Boudhanath Temple pic

Boudhanath Temple
Image: nepalguideinfo.com

William D. Jones, MD, is an Oklahoma City, OK, physician who provides personalized occupational and preventive medical care. Passionate about travel, OK resident William D. Jones, MD, has traveled extensively across Africa and the Middle East, and recently had the opportunity to experience India and Nepal.

A mountainous country often impacted by earthquakes and flooding, Nepal offers a host of historic sites that make a visit culturally rewarding. As reported by National Geographic, the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in April of 2015 had a devastating impact beyond loss of life that included the collapse of the nearly two centuries old, nine-story Dharahara Tower, a watchtower which dominated Kathmandu’s skyline. Also impacted was the 16th century Hanuman Dhoka, the city’s oldest palace on Durbar Square, as well as a number of historic temple pagodas.

Despite these significant cultural losses, many more historical sites worth visiting survived the earthquake in a small country that boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites. Among these was the Boudhanath Temple, which features a resilient stupa, or mound for sacred relics, built in the fifth-century. Nepal’s oldest Hindu site, the Pashupatinath Temple, not only survived the temblor but was used in performing last rites for many victims of the earthquake.

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