One of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan
(officially called Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City) has a rich
cultural heritage known for its fine crafts, evident in the
elaborate architecture, stone carvings, and metal statues found all
over the city. A centre of both Buddhist and Hindu culture in
Tibet, Patan is home to more than 1,200 monuments. One of the most
stunning is the Krishna Mandir, a stone temple with magnificent
friezes built in the 16th century. Patan Durbar Square is also a
good place to see beautiful examples of palaces, temples and
shrines, and the stunning stone carvings in the Sundari Courtyards.
The entire city of Patan was designated a UNESCO World Heritage
Site in 1979.