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Patan (contemporary Lalitpur) is a settlement in Nepal situated on the outskirts of Kathmandu. It is believed that the city's layout was designed to emulate the Wheel of Righteousness from Buddhism. Patan was surrounded by four sacred mounds along the main compass points.


Near Durbar Square in the center of town was The Raven,[3] a bar owned by Marion Ravenwood. In 1936, guided by a map provided by Lin-Su,[4] Indiana Jones traveled to Patan looking for Abner Ravenwood and the headpiece to the Staff of Ra.[2]

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Patan is something of an anachronism in the Raiders of the Lost Ark novel. In the book, Indiana Jones arrives on the outskirts of a town "that had no designation, no sign, no name" and deduces that the location has to be Patan by its "sizable community" compared to others marked nearby on his map.[4] The Raiders of the Lost Ark Sourcebook asserts that Patan is a village,[5] as do the Raiders of the Lost Ark Storybook and Indiana Jones: The Search For Buried Treasure which describe the settlement housing The Raven as a tiny village.[6][7]

The real Patan itself is one of the major cities of Nepal, located about five kilometers from the nation's capital Kathmandu,[8] and has been for centuries.



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