Durbar Square – Kathmandu

In front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur Durbar Kshetra), one of three Durbar (royal palace) Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, in Nepal. Royal palaces have been built at this site for centuries dating back to the third century. 

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, took place. 

The palaces in the square have gone through reconstruction after being damaged by natural causes or neglect over time. There are currently less than ten quadrangles in the square. The temples are being preserved as national heritage sites and the palace is being used as a museum. Only a few parts of the palace are open for visitors and the Taleju temples are only open for people of Hindu and Buddhist faiths.