Katmandu is a city brimming with stunning and historic buildings; none more so than Durbar Square, Patan. It is, in fact two cities divided only by the river Bagmati. On one bank stands Katmandu and on the other Patan. The Royal Square of Patan is a United Nations Word Heritage Site and deservedly so. The beauty of the many ancient temples is overwhelming.
Due, however, to the political instability of the country in recent times, many of the buildings are in a bad state of neglect. During the Middle Ages, Patan was a thriving merchant kingdom on the trade routes from India to China and Tibet. Its past wealth is reflected in the magnificence of its architecture.
This picture shows the steps of the Vishwanath Temple, built is 1627 and dedicated to the God Shiva. As well and being a repository of Narwi art and architecture, the square is a popular meeting place for local people, many of whom like to hang out their, meeting their friends or chatting in the shade.
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adores (40468) 2007-05-29 18:57
I'm glad you opened a theme for this one, it means you're going to keep showing this region.Beautiful detail of this monument, the sculptures are really interesting, sad to know there are many of them in bad consitions.Interesting to see these people spending their time near the monument!
PixelTerror (0) 2007-06-01 2:37
Looks nice and majestuous indees, I like her ethe side angle to show detail of the two as well s the below pov to get them more impresive.
Have a nice day, JY
quetzal (3467) 2007-06-03 4:05
Very nice shot andexcellent framing mixing statues and visitors.
somkiat (1104) 2007-06-03 23:12
the ancient architecture was presented by the excellent pov. and making a good composition gives the historical feeling how it's great.the tone you show the bricky building,perfect in the atmosphere nepal culture.good notes also,kevin
axiotea (21649) 2007-06-04 1:55
I've been twice to Katmandu in the early 80's then again one more time in 2004 (just for 6 days without camera) and I have to say that I was again amazed by the beauty of the architecture in Durbar square and its environments.... On the way to Swayanbunath I found a lot of change and didn't like so much the new constructions...I was quite shocked with the river, the black thick mass, which smelled awful.
Good low POV showing these majestic sculptures and behind the architectural details of the temple with people adding life to your compo.
Good you opened a theme on Patan and I'm waiting to see more of your photos.
Have a nice day
Are you in Thailand?
riclopes (35577) 2007-06-04 2:15
Olá Kevin, good composition of the elephants and impressive architecture seen in the background. The people give scale and I supposed that the elephants are smaller than the real ones, although your low POV give them a more majestic look.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-06-05 4:25
It is amazing how these statues had withstood the ravages of time. I'm glad the people took some effort in preserving them as they are windows to the past. Well captured and good overall image quality. Well done! tfs
Stepan (27210) 2007-06-05 14:24
A typical tourist scene and mood... Not the best pic you posted, but a "daily travel" one. And I must admit I like that...
oochappan (16582) 2007-06-06 16:35
I prefer this one with the good perpspective on the contrasting elephants towards the red of the temples and the key is the man just peeping out from behind the statues, don't be afraid of colors/contrast Kevin, the counter-weight and extra dimension of a colored shot but keep colors balanced harmonious.