LOOK: Historic Nepal Sites Before And After The Quake

April 27, 2015

More than 4,000 people are dead in Nepal after the devastating earthquake that hit the country over the weekend.

The human toll of the quake is massive, but the temblor has also damaged some of Kathmandu’s most historic structures.

Here are some before-and-after images of some of those sites

Durbar Square

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is home to many of the city’s main religious sites. The square is one of seven Kathmandu monuments on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. According to UNESCO, the square was built between the 12th and 18th centuries. The images below tells us what Durbar Square looked like prior to the quake – and after it.

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath, which was built in the 5th century, is one of the city’s two Buddhist centers; the stupa is the oldest Buddhist monument in the valley where the capital sits. The Swayambhunath complex was badly damaged by the quake, as can be seen in the following pictures.

Dharara Tower

The Dharara was built in 1832 and offers panoramic views of Kathmandu. It was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1834 and destroyed in another quake in 1934, after which it was rebuilt.

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