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This is the Durbar Square in Kathmandu opposite the former Royal palace.

I actually had to look at recent photos on the internet to make sure this really was the most famous place in the Nepalese capital. I thought it might have been just any ordinary street, because temples are found virtually everywhere in the old part of the city. After all, I took this photo more than 42 years ago, so I don't remember everything.

The Durbar Square in Kathmandu and the similarly named squares in the neighboring cities of Patan (Lalitpur) and Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur) are all listed by the UNESCO as world heritage sites. The history of the Kathmandu Durbar Square goes back to about the 11th century A.D.

I have been told that today visitors have to pay an entrance fee to get into this place. This was not the case in 1972, when it was just like any other part of the city, just a little bit more grand.

I notice with a certain satisfaction that already such a long time ago I paid as much attention to the people in the street as to the great monuments.

I have scanned this form a Kodachrome slide. Here is a larger version.

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