Changunarayan Temple

Located on a magnificent hill top commanding a fantastic view of Kathmandu valley, the Changunarayan, is dedicated to lord Vishnu. It is 6 km north of Bhaktapur. The temple is full of magnificent art works in metal, wood, and stone. In fact it is one of the finest examples of Nepalese architecture. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the region of the Lichhavi King Mandeva dating back to 464 AD shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred location in the 3rd century AD. The present structure was probably constructed in the 17th century, though older elements have been incorporated during the restorations. The pagoda style temple has several masterpieces of 5th and 12th century Nepalese art.

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