Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage sites crumble in deadly earthquake: ‘It’s an irreparable loss’

National Post

The Dharahara Tower tells the story of earthquakes in modern Nepal.

Built as a military watchtower by a 19th century Mukhtiyar, or  prime minister, to honour a queen, the original was an amalgam of styles, both Asian and European, resembling an Islamic minaret, but with the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva, perched on top.

It stood for barely a year before an earthquake toppled it in 1833. But it was rebuilt, only to collapse again a century later, in the massive earthquake of 1934.

The latest incarnation of the tower, a popular tourist site in the culturally rich nation on the south side of the Himalayan mountains, collapsed in this Saturday’s earthquake with as many as 200 people reportedly inside. The ruins soon thronged with people pulling bodies out of the rubble.

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“I had just bought tickets to climb the tower…

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