Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square
Golden temple in Patan
Patan Durbar Square
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Patan Durbar Square
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The Patan Durbar Square is the smallest amongst all three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu valley yet it is the most beautiful and elegant one. It is one of the seven monument Zones of Kathmandu Valley which have been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. 

The 11,000 square meter, medieval palace domain is filled with several exquisite temples and monuments. These monuments have aesthetic carvings on them. Major attractions include: The Royal Palace, Golden Window, Patan Museum, Taleju Bell, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Krishna Mandir, Mul Chowk, Taleju Temple, Minnath and Machhendranath Temple.  

The Royal Palace of Patan rightfully dominates the Eastern side of Durbar square. An architectural highlight of the Malla period, this palace was originally built in the 14th century and expanded during the 17th and 18th centuries. Without a visit inside this ancient palace, your trip to the Durbar square remains incomplete.

Historically, Patan Durbar Square was the “palace court” of the city kingdom of Lalitpur that was ruled until 1768 AD by the Malla Dynasty. Still today, the former royal palace complex is the center of Lalitpur’s political, social, and religious life.

In addition, the square hosts bronze gate-ways, guardian deities, stone baths, Hindu and Buddhist temples, plethora of statues and a museum. As you can see, all temples are facing towards the East where the palace stands. 

The Minnath temple is located some five minutes walk from the Durbar Square.

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