07 November 2015

#1009 China

The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven (simplified Chinese天坛traditional Chinese天壇pinyinTiāntánManchu: Abkai mukdehun), is a medieval complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Daoist temple, although Chinese heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, predates Daoism.

Date of Inscription on the List of UNESCO WHS: 1998

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