Historic Dharahara Tower Collapses In Nepal Earthquake

04/25/2015 10:35 am ET | Updated Apr 25, 2015

The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, killing hundreds, has also destroyed several historic landmarks.

Kathmandu's nine-story Dharahara Tower, first built in 1832, was reduced to rubble.

The tower had already been destroyed and rebuilt once before, following a 1934 earthquake.

About 200 people were trapped inside the tower when it collapsed, according to police.

dharahara tower before after

Several temples at Basantapur Durbar Square were also destroyed in the quake.

Both the tower and the temples were recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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