Saturday, June 16, 2012
China - Temple of Heaven : an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
Temple of Heaven (which lists into WCI in 1998).
Locates at Chongwen District, Beijing, the place for Ming and Qing emperor to offer a sacrifice to heaven and pray for harvest.
Sent by Zhang, a postcrosser from Nanjing, China.
This is from UNESCO : The Temple of Heaven is a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world's great civilizations. Its symbolic layout and design had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries. Furthermore, the legitimacy of the feudal dynasties that for more than 2,000 years ruled over China is symbolized by the design and layout of the Temple of Heaven.