Dharahara Tower

Kathmandu, Nepal

Destroyed by earthquake 2015

The Disappointed Tourist: Dharahara Tower,, Ellen Harvey, 2024. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 24 x 18″ (61 x 46 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

The Dharahara Tower, originally built as a military watchtower by Mukhtiyar Bhimsen Thapa in 1832, was the most visited tourist attraction in Kathmandu and a UNESCO-recognised site. It was the tallest building in Nepal. When the earthquake struck, the tower was filled with tourists, many of whom were killed. The painting is based on an uncredited photograph.

Requested by Valeria R., Rocio M. & Kenn R.