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Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven
By Philip Larson (Beijing, China) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Tian Tan North Road
E of Yongdingmennei St
Beijing China 100050 China
+86 10 8119 1011

[Temple of Heaven website]

geo: 39.882268,116.406659
[street map / directions]
[bird's eye view]

The Temple of Heaven is a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

''The Temple of Heaven is a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world's great civilizations. The symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries.''
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''The Temple of Heaven is located in southern Beijing. It was first constructed in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Ming emperor Yongle, and was extended and renovated during the reigns of Ming emperor Jiajing and Qing emperor Qianlong. It was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for good harvest. Covering an area of 273 hectares, it is the largest architectural complex in the world for rituals to pay homage to heaven.''
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