The Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven and is enclosed within a large circular wall, the northern part within the wall is semi-circular symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. The northern part is higher than the southern part, this design is intended to show that the heaven is high and the earth is low and the design reflects the ancient Chinese thought that “The heaven is round and the earth is square”.

The Temple is divided by two enclosed walls the inner part and the outer part. The most magnificent buildings are The Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Also, there are some additional buildings like Three Echo Stones and Echo Wall. Almost all of the buildings are connected by a wide bridge called Vermilion Steps Bridge or called Sacred Way. Tours can be easily arranged with expert guides to allow you to get the most out of your visit to this Far Eastern wonder.

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