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The Eyes See All, Kathmandu - Nepal

The great Buddhist temple of Bodhnath stands near the center of Kathmandu's old town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bodhnath was constructed between 400-500 AD, although the exact dates are lost to time. Above the large white dome is the four sided harmika, and each face has a painted pair of eyes looking in one of the four cardinal directions. The 13 tired spire at the top is plated with copper and represents the thirteen obstacles to enlightenment. Only after transcending these barriers can one reach the top to the parasol, or nirvana.