In Pictures: Nepal's heritage sites, before and after the earthquake

Patan Durbur Square, Kathmandu before the earthquake. PHOTO: AFP
Patan Durbur Square, Kathmandu before the earthquake. PHOTO: AFP

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 wreaked untold damage to many of the country's historic sites. Below are some notable locations shown before (taken on April 2008) and in the aftermath (May 20, 2015) of the devastation.

Patan Durbur Square, Kathmandu


Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu before the earthquake (top) and after the earthquake (bottom). PHOTOS: EPA, AFP

Basantapur, Kathmandu


Basantapur, Kathmandu before the earthquake (top) and after the earthquake (bottom). PHOTOS: EPA, AFP

Swayambhu Temple, Kathmandu


Swayambhu Temple, Kathmandu before the earthquake (top) and after the earthquake (bottom). PHOTOS: EPA, AFP

Dharahara Tower, Kathmandu


Dharahara Tower, Kathmandu before the earthquake (top) and after the earthquake (bottom). PHOTOS: EPA, AFP