The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal is perhaps the worst the country has ever seen. Besides claiming nearly 6000 lives the tremor also decimated several monuments and squares which were the lifeblood of the country’s tourism industry. However, all isn’t lost. Nepal has recovered from two other earthquakes in just as many centuries, making the country’s spirit impervious to nature’s ferocity.
The Durbar Squares (plazas) of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan were cultural strongholds which served as hubs for two major religions drawing thousands of tourists to the country every year. So the hope is that many of them would be rebuilt, like after the 1934 where again the towns of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan were reduced to rubble and were rebuilt. Here’s a look at the temples monuments and squares that have fallen and those that fortunately remain relatively unaffected.