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Story of a temple rising

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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Char Narayan2

Two years and one day after a devastating earthquake hit central Nepal, Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) has released The Temple, its latest audio-visual story about restoring heritage sites destroyed or damaged on 25 April 2015.

The Temple, one of six stories KVPT has created about the people and heritage of Kathmandu, tells the story of Char Narayan, the oldest monument in Patan Darbar Square: its history and the resilience of the people who worship it and are working for its restoration. The temple collapsed completely in the earthquake.

In the first chapter, ‘The Story of Char Narayan’, experts discuss the history, relevance, style and future of the temple and their project. As they speak, past and present images of the monument scroll past. In the next chapter, The People, locals discuss their desire to rebuild and the skills that they can contribute.

In conjunction with the Nepal Department of Archaeology, KVPT is releasing The Temple, on 26 April to mark World Monuments Fund (WMF) Watch Day, hoping to create awareness about Nepal’s tangible, and intangible, heritage.

Recently KVPT announced a five-year campaign that will include 20-25 brick and mortar restoration and reconstruction projects. WMF has already provided support, funding reconstruction of Char Narayan.

www.kvptstories.org, www.kvptnepal.org

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