Posted by: danielfee | November 29, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 11-29-2012

Big Wild Goose Pagoda – Xi’an, China

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was originally built by the Emperor Gao Zong in 648 A.D. in honor of his mother Empress Wende. This was the most famous temple in Chang’an during the Tang Dynasty. The famous Buddhist emissary, Xuan Zang, who collected hundreds of volumes of scriptures from India, managed the temple that housed his collection. The original pagoda stood at a height of 177 feet. However, the construction made of rammed earth with a stone exterior facade collapsed just five decades later. The ruling Empress had the pagoda rebuilt and added five new stories. In 1556 a massive earthquake heavily damaged the pagoda and reduced it by three stories, to its current height of seven stories. The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda was extensively repaired during the Ming Dynasty and renovated again in 1964. The pagoda currently stands at a height of 210 feet tall and from the top it offers great views of the city of Xi’an (formally Chang’an) . 

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