In Nepal, any and all plazas located in front of an ancient royal palace is called durbar square, which literally means place of palaces. There are three ancient squares in the Kathmandu Valley today, each representing an ancient kingdom. They are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, all of which are included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. A fourth square is located in Kirtipur, but it was not preserved.
Today, the most important town square is the Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is found in the old city of Kathmandu. With its perimeters are ancient buildings [Read more…]