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Kathmandu is a religious City-State City-State in Civilization V. Religious city-states give extra Faith Faith when you befriend or ally with them.

Game Info[]

Kathmandu replaced Seoul as a city-state when it became the Capital Capital of Korea in one of the DLC packs. In Brave New World expansion pack, Kathmandu was changed from a cultured city-state to a religious one.

Musical Theme Inspiration: Same as Seoul

Architecture: Asian

Civilopedia entry[]

The ancient city of Kathmandu, capital to the highly-elevated country of Nepal, traces its history back almost 2,000 years to the dawn of the first millennium AD. Steeped in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the city of Kathmandu was named after a great temple found at the site known as "Kasthamandap," said to have been constructed from the timber of a single tree in the 16th century.

Long before the city's establishment, the Kathmandu Valley was inhabited by the Newar people, ancestors to the modern Newars who continue to live throughout Nepal. The Newars are responsible for many of the unique characteristics that have come to be recognized as symbolic of Nepal, including the pagoda style architecture that was adapted over the centuries from both Chinese and Indian designs.

During the reign of the Malla Dynasty, who ruled Kathmandu for over 500 years beginning in the 12th century, many of the city's most notable temples and pagodas were constructed. Though the city was often fraught with conflict and turmoil, leading to the destruction of many of the earliest structures, dozens of magnificent examples remain today. In 2006, the collective of monuments within Kathmandu was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, acknowledging the cultural significance of the historic city.

In the present-day, Kathmandu is home to more than one million residents, with an economy supported by the production of local crafts as well as an increasingly large tourist population. As the city continues to grow and modernize, the local government faces a difficult task in dealing with urbanization and pollution issues.

Civilization V City-states [edit]
Cultured BogotaBratislava BNW-onlyBrusselsBucharestBuenos Aires BNW-onlyFlorenceKabul BNW-onlyKiev BNW-onlyKuala LumpurKyzyl BNW-onlyMilan GodsKings5 clearMonacoPrague GodsKings5 clearSeoulViennaWarsawYerevan GodsKings5 clear
Maritime Byblos BNW-onlyCape TownCopenhagenHelsinkiJakarta GodsKings5 clearLisbon GodsKings5 clearManila GodsKings5 clearMogadishu BNW-onlyMombasa GodsKings5 clearOrmus BNW-onlyOsloPanama City BNW-onlyQuebec CityRagusaRiga BNW-onlyRio de JaneiroStockholmSydneyUr BNW-onlyVancouver BNW-onlyVeniceWellington
Mercantile GodsKings5 clear Antananarivo BNW-onlyAntwerp GodsKings5 clearCahokia GodsKings5 clearColombo GodsKings5 clearGenoaHong Kong GodsKings5 clearMalacca BNW-onlyMarrakech GodsKings5 clearMelbourne BNW-onlySamarkand BNW-onlySingaporeTyreVilniusZanzibar GodsKings5 clearZurich GodsKings5 clear
Militaristic AlmatyBelgradeBudapestDublinEdinburghHanoiM'banza-Kongo BNW-onlySidonSofia BNW-onlyValletta GodsKings5 clear
Religious GodsKings5 clear GenevaIfe BNW-onlyJerusalem GodsKings5 clearKathmanduLa Venta GodsKings5 clearLhasaVatican City GodsKings5 clearWittenberg GodsKings5 clear

GodsKings5 clear Added in the Gods & Kings expansion pack.
BNW-only Added in the Brave New World expansion pack.

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