|UNESCO #881 - Temple of Heaven - CHINA|
Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Temple of Heaven, Beijing - CHINA - UNESCO #881
The fourth card from China shows the interior of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, with a wonderful carved ceiling with dragon and phoenix motifs - according to the sender, it looks much more beautiful when you visit it than in a photo... I have no trouble believing it, but in near future it's the only way for me to see China, photos and television (unless I win the lottery!). Thank you so much for this cards Angel! My UNESCO collection now have 119 postcards, 862 more and I'm done!
The Temple of Heaven, founded in the first half of the 15th century, is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven – the human world and God's world – which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors within that relationship.