After deadly earthquake, Nepal’s heritage faces an uncertain future

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KATHMANDU, Nepal — The blue-rimmed eyes of Kathmandu’s gold-spired Swayambhunath stupa stare silently from a hilltop overlooking this city in the Himalayan foothills.

But since Nepal was shattered by a mammoth earthquake Saturday, those eyes have gazed upon a nation in mourning — and on a microcosm of destruction and despair inside the ancient temple itself.

Here, monkeys scurry across the demolished ruins of a pair of precious bullet-shaped edifices built by King Pratap Malla in the 1600s. Saffron-robed monks haul golden relics and carpets out of a ruined monastery. The temple now has its own population of displaced — priests and vendors huddle under tents, sleeping in darkness waiting as authorities try to repair downed power lines. Read more…

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