Kathmandu Valley

KathmanduDate of Inscription: 1979
Property : 188.9500 ha
Buffer zone: 239.3400 ha
Kathmandu Valley
N27 42 14.22 E85 18 30.888

The Kathmandu Valley has at least 130 important monuments, including several places of pilgrimage for the Hindus and the Buddhists. The city of Kathmandu is named after a structure in Durbar Square called Kaasthamandap in Sanskrit, "covered shelter." This unique temple, also known as Maru Satal, was built in 1596 CE by King Laxmi Narsingh Malla. The entire structure contains no iron nails or supports and is made entirely from wood. Legend has it that the timber used for this two story pagoda was obtained from a single tree. As the city has many temples, it is also known as the City of Temples.