Dharahara

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Dharahara (Nepali: धरहरा; pronounced [dʱʌɾʌɦʌɾa] or [dʱʌɾʌːɾa]), is a 72-metre-tall (236 ft)[1] tower at the centre of Sundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal.[2] It was first built in 1832 by Mukhtiyar (equivalent to Prime Minister) Bhimsen Thapa under the commission of Queen Lalit Tripurasundari and was a part of the architecture of Kathmandu recognized by UNESCO.[3] It has been damaged and reconstructed several times.

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Dharahara
धरहरा
Dharahara after reconstruction in 2021
Location in Kathmandu valley
Location in Bagmati
Location in Nepal
Alternative namesBhimsen Tower
General information
StatusComplete (reconstructed)
Architectural styleMughal and neoclassical style
LocationSundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
CountryNepal
Coordinates27.7007°N 85.3119°E / 27.7007; 85.3119
Completed1832 (1832) or later
Destroyed
  • 15 January 1934 (1934-01-15) (1934 earthquake; two of the original nine storeys remained)
  • 25 April 2015 (2015-04-25) (2015 earthquake; a 10-metre-tall (33 ft) stump of the base remains)
Height72 metres (236 ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Debendra Nepal
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The tower had a spiral staircase containing 213 steps. The eighth floor held a circular balcony for observers that provided a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. It also had a 5.2-metre (17 ft) bronze mast on the roof.[2]

Most of the tower collapsed in the 25 April 2015 Nepal earthquake, but the base remains.[4][5] A total of 180 bodies were retrieved from the debris of tower after earthquake.[6] Reconstruction of the tower commenced in October 2018, and it was officially opened on 24 April 2021, one day before the sixth anniversary of the earthquake.[7]