A Peek at the Peacock Window in Bhaktapur

BHAKTAPUR, Nepal — A stone’s throw from Nyatapola Temple sits the Pujari Math, with its famed carved Peacock Window, an intricately designed wooden sculpture.

The former monastery, which now houses the Woodcarving Museum, was built by King Yaksha Malla in the 15th century, rebuilt in 1763 and renovated in 1979 by German experts as a wedding gift for then-King Birendra, according to Lonely Planet.

The building took some damage in the 2015 earthquake, but the its most famous feature — the superb 15th-century Peacock Window , widely regarded as the finest carved window in the valley — is still intact, despite damage to the adjacent wall.

The Newar window is a feature of the valley’s architectural style, in which windows of each floor of a multilevel home is designed differently, according to function.

The Peacock Window at Pujari Math in Bhaktapur, Nepal, dates back some 600 years. (Photos by Bruno J. Navarro)

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