The five-tiered Nyatapola temple at Bhadgaon
Pencil, wash and watercolour drawing of the five-tiered Nyatapola temple at Bhaktapur, part of the Lawrence collection created by an anonymous artist, c. 1843-1846. The image is set within a broad black frame and inscribed on the front in pencil: 'No. 13. Temple of Bhagabata at Bhatgaon.'
The Nyatapola temple is unusual for the region as it has five storeys and stands on a five tiered base. It was built in about 1700 in the reign of King Bhupatrindamalla (1694-1722). Bhaktapur, the 'City of Devotees' is 11 km east of Kathmandu and 10 km north-east of Patan and is the youngest of the three former city-states of the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century and rose to prominence under the Malla dynasty. It remained a valley kingdom until the late 15th century when it became a sovereign state, together with Kathmandu and Patan. All three have similar architecture and were built around Durbar Squares containing Palace and Temple complexes.