Beauty in Bhaktapur’s 55-Window Palace

BHAKTAPUR, Nepal — Built in 1427 by King Yaksha Malla, the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows looks like nothing I’d ever seen: Hand-carved wooden columns, the likenesses of Hindu deities and precariously balanced architectural features abounded throughout the structure off Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Remodeled in the 17th century by King Bhupatindra Malla, the structure’s highlight is its balcony of 55 windows, “considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving,” Wikipedia notes.

Everywhere you looked, there was another intricately carved religious scene and or Hindu deity on a roof beam or a window casing at the Palace of 55 Windows.

Most buildings I see on a regular basis have a tendency toward utilitarianism, but these structure’s details aspire to the loftier goal of an enlightened being.

Carved likenesses of Hindu deities are found around the 55-Window Palace in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Atop, a wider view. (Photos by Bruno J. Navarro)


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