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Old Oct 12, 2004, 4:36 AM   #1
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Old Oct 13, 2004, 2:36 AM   #2
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Did you mean to say 1 second? It's hard to imagine all those people standing perfectly still for 1 minute.

Interesting shot, what is that building for?
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Old Oct 13, 2004, 5:04 AM   #3
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Oops, you are right. I meant 1 second!!!! Thanks.

That building was built around "Durbar Square" area; meaning Royal Palace. Nowadays, it is used as a army barrack. It has a huge room used for reception during state visits of foreign dignitories. Also, once a year, king visits the building during the festival known as "Indra Jatra", celebrating Lord Indra, God of rain and productivity.

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Did you mean to say 1 second? It's hard to imagine all those people standing perfectly still for 1 minute.

Interesting shot, what is that building for?
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Old Oct 13, 2004, 5:12 AM   #4
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Here are some more info about the building:

"In 1908, a palace, Gaddi Durbar, was built using European architectural designs. The Rana Prime Ministers who had taken over the power but not the throne of the country from the Shahs Kings from 1846 to 1951 were highly influenced by European styles. The Gaddi Durbar is covered in white plaster, has Greek columns and adjoins a large audience hall, all foreign features to Nepali architecture. The balconies of this durbar were reserved for the royal family during festivals to view the square below."


source: http://www.spinybabbler.org/art_complex/kathmandu.htm

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Old Oct 13, 2004, 4:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for the background. It is an interesting structure mide more so by the historical information. The first thing I noticed is that there is apparently no direct access to the balcony from ground level. Sort of fortress-like in that respect.It would be interesting to see more of this building as well as the neighboring architecture.

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Old Oct 14, 2004, 1:20 AM   #6
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This is thebalcony where king visits once a year during "Indra Jatra":



I will post more pictures of the surrounding temples/buildings.
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