Patan's Durbar Square - One of the Oldest Buddhist Cities in the World
Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is probably one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is believed that the city was founded in the 3rd century A.D. Patan is situated on a plateau across Bagmati River. This city is known for its finest traditional crafts and rich artistic heritage. Patan is designed and built after Buddhist Dharma Chakra and is surrounded by four Stupas at each corner of the city's cardinal points. These stupas are said to have been built by the famous Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. It is said that King Yalamber named this city after himself. Before 1480 the Muslim Emperor Sam Suddin Iliyas destroyed the temples and monuments of Patan, but the city was rebuilt by King Siddhi Nar Singh Malla when he became king in 1618.
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