Golden Gate, Patan, Nepal.

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Golden Gate


The entry to Patan Museum is through the Royal Palace's superb Golden Gate. Installed in 1734, this finely engraved and gilded gateway is topped by a golden torana showing Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh and Kumar (an incarnation of Skanda, the god of war).

Directly above the gateway is a window made from gold foil wrapped around a timber frame, where the king once made public appearances.

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