Legendary building

Porcelain pagoda

Porcelain pagoda is not extant Buddhist temple in Nanjing, China. The temple was built in 1412 to 1422, when Nanjing was the capital of the Chinese Ming dynasty, by more than 100 thousand workers and soldiers under the direct orders of Emperor Zhu Di. During the Ming dynasty it was one of the three famous temples of the city, along with Tangtse and Ling.

Octagonal 78-metre high pagoda of the temple — the so-called Porcelain tower — within several centuries was the dominant architecture of Nanjing. Was built by the project of the Emperor Yongle of white porcelain bricks.

Porcelain tower was designed in the era of the Ming dynasty, during the reign of Emperor Yongle at the beginning of the XV century and almost immediately built.

The Western world is an architectural landmark became known around the mid XVII century according to travelers. Sometimes it was declared one of the seven wonders of the world.

Seeing the admiration of foreigners, the Chinese themselves began to appreciate the creation as a national treasure.

In 1801, the building was struck by lightning, which demolished three top floors. But they soon recovered. In 50-ies in China began peasant war known as the Taiping Rebellion. The rebels seized Nanjing, wantonly and without any particular purpose to penalistiche some of the artistic and spiritual values. The porcelain pagoda, the Taiping destroyed deliberately – that the enemy are unable to use it as a vantage point.

After that the tower was forgotten, and its remains lay in ruins. But recently, after the surge of interest in the old dug them up. The fragments now in the Nanjing Museum, you can admire the fragments of bas-reliefs, arches and facades. Nowadays it is rather inspiring miracle than man-made.

But, according to rumors, ideas to remodel a Porcelain pagoda.

Rather, it is an octagonal tower is 79 meters high and with a base diameter of 30 meters. Inside was drawn a spiral staircase that runs through all nine floors. And vernau part of the roof avencia the Golden dome.

Built the pagoda was made of porcelain bricks that reflected the sun’s rays during the day and at night the walls was illuminated by 140 lamps. In addition, ceramics porcelain walls were covered with pictures of animals, flowers, landscapes. Yeah, about that pottery we have already mentioned is the only thing that was left of the pagoda.

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