Bhaktapur Durbur Square
Bhaktapur, literally meaning "The Town of Devotees," is believed to have existed from the early ninth century AD. The town area covers four square miles and divided into twenty-four toles, sections. Bhaktapur was the capital of the Kathmandu Valley from the twelfth century to the fourteenth century and then an independent kingdom until 1769, when the Shahs invaded. The Durbar Square is the central setting of Bhaktapur for architectural monuments and the arts.