On April 25, an earthquake hit Nepal, causing massive devastation and killing more than 4,000 throughout Nepal, India, and China. Nepalese officials say that more than 7,000 were injured.
Nepal’s capitol city of Kathmandu was hit particularly hard, with many of its revered temples crumbling to the ground. The city is home to Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site that houses seven groups of historic monuments and buildings. Sadly, many of the temples, some dating back to the 17th century, were damaged during the earthquake — like the Dharahara Tower which once stood tall in Kathmandu.
Here are some startling photos of Nepal before and after the earthquake.