Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
An unusual view of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing was sent to me from China, at least it's unusual in that I've only ever seen parts of the temple complex before and this view shows most of it. The grounds cover nearly 3 square kilometres.
The structures are highly symbolic with heaven being represented by circles and earth by squares. Heaven is also represented in the blue roof tiles of all the buildings. The number nine represents the emperor and can be found in the nine plates and nine rings surrounding the Circular Mound Altar.
The complex is a UNESCO World heritage Site for its influence on Chinese architecture and importance in the evolution of the Chinese civilisation.