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Ancient temples, key to Nepal tourism, suffer severe quake damage
Ancient temples, key to Nepal tourism, suffer severe quake damage

The gates of Dharahara, an ancient nine-story tower overlooking the city skyline, were locked Monday, its ticket booth shuttered. Yet hundreds of residents clambered over its low walls to climb the rubble heap where it once stood and snap photographs. Some left holding still-ornate pieces of the ancient structure. In Katmandu Durbar Square, only a few hundred yards west of Dharahara, mounds of brick and splintered wood marked the former site of two ancient temples, one of which, according to legend, was built with wood from a single tree. Balram Khatri, 22, lamented the loss: "These are very important symbols for Nepalese," he said, "and for the whole world as...

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