The completion of a restoration project of the historic Patan Royal Palace in the Patan Durbar Square has been announced on Sunday.
Conservation experts, representatives from the government of Nepal and the diplomatic community joined locals of the Patan to celebrate the completion at a program on Sunday. The project was led by Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) with financial grant from U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The fund provided a grant of $1.1 million for the conservation project.
“The Ambassadors Fund is among the U.S. Government’s most significant cultural initiatives abroad,” said U.S. Ambassador Peter W. Bodde. “It makes me very proud as an American to know that my country supports and protects conservation efforts like this one around the world.”
In 2009, the project competed successfully for an Ambassadors Fund award under a special “large grant” competition. Nepal was one of only three countries, the others being Peru and Macedonia, to be selected and awarded a large grant.
The restoration of Patan Royal Palace has been a model project for cultural preservation in Nepal and across the globe. In 2006, the Patan complex was added to the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. However, through committed efforts of the local and international organisations, the Square has become one of the well-preserved sites and most significant cultural destinations in Nepal.