The entire history of culture can be lost in a few seconds of an earthquake when historic structures come crashing down.
Miyamoto Relief’s expertise includes retrofitting World Heritage through highly technical repair and seismic-strengthening programs. We preserve history for mankind.
The entire history of a culture can be lost in a few seconds of an earthquake when historic and culturally significant buildings come crashing down. Miyamoto Relief’s expertise includes retrofitting World Heritage buildings pre- and post-earthquake through highly technical repair and seismic-strengthening programs. We preserve history for mankind.
OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE PROJECTS
In 2016, with funding from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation and assistance from Nepal's Department of Archaeology, Miyamoto Relief began the repair and strengthening of this heritage building in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Restoration and Seismic Strengthening of an earthquake-damaged UNESCO World Heritage site: The Gaddi Baithak
The Story of the Gaddi Baithak and this Project
Living up to the meaning of its name, “Royal Seat,” the Gaddi Baithak UNESCO World Heritage Site in Durbar Square is where the kings of Nepal were once crowned and legitimized and welcomed heads of state and other high-ranking foreign guests.
The United States Embassy in Nepal founded the Gaddi Baithak Restoration Project to make a case for the palace to be repaired and restored instead of it being left for eventual demolition. About one-third of Nepal’s culturally significant heritage buildings (137) were completely destroyed in the earthquake. Another 444 were severely damaged.
The project is one of the first cultural restoration and retrofit projects post-earthquake. It is the first neoclassical building to be restored, structurally strengthened and repaired in the country. Therefore, the project serves as the precedence and will define engineering practices and methods that will constitute Department of Archaeology (DoA) guidelines for future retrofitting of this type of historical building.
The entire project was generously funded by a grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The implementing partner is Miyamoto Relief.