Posted by: danielfee | May 19, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 05-19-2012

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at Temple of Heaven – Beijing, China

 

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

The Temple of Heaven, located just a short distance to the southeast of the Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing, is a supreme example of Ming Dynasty architecture. The temple is set in a vast 660 acre park and is where the emperor would conduct the most significant ceremonies and rites of the year. The Temple of Heaven was a regal domain and off-limits to the common people. In 1918 the temple was opened to the public and extensive renovation work has been carried out. The most striking edifice is the tall circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest which was built in 1420. Emperor Yongle’s feng shui masters determined this as the exact point where heaven and earth met. The roundness of the conical roof symbolizes the extent of heaven. The 120 foot high vault was skillfully slotted together without using a single nail.

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