The Temple of Heaven

04 The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven park is located in the Chongwen District of Beijing and was the place where the emperors held the heaven worship ceremony.It is vast, covering an area of 2,700,000 metres and is thus larger than The Forbidden City. The Chinese Emperors were the ‘Sons of Heaven’ and therefore precluded from building a dwelling for themselves that was bigger than earthly residence dedicated to Heaven.

02 East Annex01 East Annex Hall of the Prayer of good mharvests

                                                             The East Annex Hall

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05 The Temple of Heaven

               Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

The main building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. It was built in 1420 during the reign of Ming Emperor Yongle.The original hall,rectangular in shape was first named the Great Hall for sacrificial Rituals and used to worship both Earth and Heaven. In 1545 during the reign of the Ming Emperor Jaijing it was rebuilt as a round hall with a triple-eaved roof covered with blue,yellow and green glazed tiles symbolizing Heaven. Earth and the mortal world. It was renamed the Great Hall for Offering Sacrifices.

07 Roof detail

                                              Roof detail

It was reconstructed again in 1751 during the reign of Qing Emperor Qianlong and given a triple roof with glazed azure tiles and topped with a gilded sphere. It was renamed the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and used each January to pray for good harvests.

It is 38.2 metres high and supported by immense pillars, symbolising the four seasons, the 12 months of the year, the 12 time divisions of the day and night, and all the constellations. It is the only remaining example of the Ming Tang architectural style.

06 A peep inside

                                                           A peep inside

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The park area is popular with residents living nearby as a place to relax, play their instruments or just take a stroll.

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My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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