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This monument belongs to the Tang dynasty. The pagodas are symmetrically located at the corners of an equilateral triangle near the Kangshai Mountains, on the western coast of Lake Erhai, directly opposite the ancient city. The pagodas were built of bricks, and their walls were plastered with white clay. The symmetry of this architectural ensemble is unique to Buddhist buildings. These three pagodas can be seen at a distance of many kilometers, and they themselves are a real symbol of the ancient city of Dali.
The main pagoda, called Qianxun, was built in 824-840. Its height is almost 70 meters, it is one of the tallest pagodas in all of China. The pagoda has 16 levels in total. In the center of each level there is one statue of Buddha, carved out of marble. The walls of the first level are very thick - their thickness is 3 meters 30 centimeters. In 1978, restoration work was carried out here. At this time, 700 Buddhist symbols were found here: documents, as well as sculptures made of rock crystal, wood, silver and gold.
The rest of the pagodas were built only 100 years later, southeast and southwest the main pagoda. The height of each of them is 42 meters. They differ from the main pagoda in that they have only ten levels and eight sides. There is also a Buddha statue in the center of each level.
Previously, there was a temple near the central pagoda. It was the main temple of the rulers of the city of Dali. However, it was destroyed by fire.
In 1925, there was a strong earthquake in Dali, which destroyed 99% of all buildings.
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Topic: Three Pagodas in China Architectural Ensemble.