Posted by: danielfee | November 13, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 11-13-2012

Terracotta Warrior – Xi’an, China

Terracotta Warrior and Horses

Terracotta Warrior

Located 20 miles outside of Xi’an is the spectacular archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors which was only discovered in 1974. Emperor Qinshi Huangdi, who for the first time united China under the Qin dynasty in 221 BC under took several massive projects, including the Great Wall and the terracotta warriors. The army of terracotta warriors are interned within the outer walls of the emperor’s mausoleum as his eternal imperial guard. The entire complex was constructed during Qinshi Huangdi’s lifetime. Each of the thousands of pottery warriors are unique. Most of the warriors and animals that have been uncovered so far stand inside three pits. A few of the best preserved have been moved to display cases inside the museum, including the General (a close-up of his face is the first photo) and the warriors where some of the original coloring still remains on his jacket. The tallest warrior stands over 6 feet tall and all warriors were equipped with still sharp bronze weapons which included swords, spears, crossbows and longbows. The weapons have been removed and a few are on display in the museum.



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