The wonderful temple roofs in the centre of the Nepalese town of Patan dominate the surroundings and it is believed to be one of the oldest settlements in Kathmandu Valley. More than 150 former monasteries highlight the mainly Buddhist character of this intriguing and fascinating town.
There are more than 50 great pagoda temples to be found in the three square kilometre area of the old town and the Kumbeswarar Temple is the most important Shiva sanctuary in Patan.
Many of the sacred monuments in Durbar Square were the result of extensive building during the powerful religious dynasty of the Malla sovereigns.
The vast concentration of numerous monuments, temples and images that are full of religious symbolism add up to being an overwhelming experience for all who visit here for the first time.
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