City (pop., 2001: 671,846), capital of Nepal. Situated near the confluence of the Baghmati and Vishnumati rivers at an elevation of 4,344 ft (1,324 m), it was founded in 723. Its name refers to a temple (kath, “wood”; mandir, “temple”) said to have been built from the wood of a single tree in 1596. The seat of the ruling Shah family of the Gurkha people since 1768, it is Nepal's most important business and commercial centre and the site of Tribhuvan University.
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A Shangri-La architect The ancient temples of Nepal's Katmandu Valley are beautiful, fragile -- and falling down. That's why Massachusetts native Erich Theophile is helping the Nepalese preserve the richness of their past even as they build for their future.
Oct 06, 1996; The directions to Erich Theophile's house are simplicity itself. It's the place with the yellow door, tucked behind the white...