A palatial residence of Malla Kings in the Durbar Square was converted into a museum, housing several artefacts, some of which belong to the 11th century period as well. The palace dates back to the 18th century, while its conversion into a museum happened in the recent past- in 1997. Patan Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a highlighted place on the map of this city.
As you move up to the first gallery, even the staircase leading to it would grab your attention, just as any other artefact in the museum would. This staircase, apart from being aesthetically beautiful, has strangely bent railings, similar to what you would find in holy Tibetan structures. In the backyard of the museum is a beautiful garden area that has been modified to offer a relaxing place for the visitors. It houses a cafe and a gift store, all made in traditional architecture to complement the museum.
Relics of this museum are a fine description of Nepal’s cultural lineage. Most of them are objects made in repousse work (Specialty of Patan), covered with bronze and gilt copper. Amongst the total of about 1500, most of them depict Hindu and Buddhist deities. With each artefact, a brief description about its significance has been mentioned.
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