Saturday, October 27, 2012

#917 Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

In the southern part of Beijing lies a holy religious complex known in English as the Temple of Heaven. A truly spectacular architectural monument of a round building, it is a Taoist monument that was used in religious ceremonies for more than 400 years in both the Ming and Qing dynasties. 
Dating from the early 15th Century, it is a complex that while not large and imposing, has a peaceful space. The decorations in the interior are astoundingly beautiful, and its small size (compared to other Chinese monuments) in no way detracts from its specialness.