Photos : Amish Regmi/Hakahaki
The Department of Archaeology is in charge of these heritage sites, and since the earthquake draws up and classify the list of the damages to monuments, before preparing the planning for restoration and/or reconstruction. In the 24 districts of heritage sites, 720 historic buildings are damaged, 140 have collapsed: some will just be preserved, waiting for maintenance. In Kathmandu, around 150 are partly damaged, 50 partially collapsed and another 50 have collapsed. UNESCO, long-time partner of the DOA, works together; it brings help, support, an international opening of the local issues too.
As we speak, the priority of the DOA lies in the sites of the Kathmandu valley, but especially in the living monuments. This designation refers to the sites where local people actually live and can meet and worship, because the daily life of Nepalese is not only about the house, but also for a large part about temples and religious sites, and from this perspective the temple is the extension of the house.