Rebuilding Nepal’s Char Narayan Temple
On April 25, 2015, a major earthquake struck Nepal, taking the lives of thousands of people in the country and causing irreparable harm to others. With these tragedies, the country also faced widespread destruction of buildings, infrastructure, and scores of historic homes, religious sites, and cultural destinations. The earthquake was followed by hundreds of aftershocks in the subsequent weeks, and had a direct impact on a third of the country’s population, stimulating an international humanitarian response. World Monuments Fund included the Cultural Heritage Sites of Nepal on its 2016 Watch to call attention to the challenges faced by the country as it sought to recover. With support from American Express, WMF partnered with Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust to restore Char Narayan Temple in Patan, a building that is of great significance for the local population. To commemorate the second anniversary of the earthquakes, WMF is pleased to present a snapshot of work to date.