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This pagoda is one of the oldest pagodas in China. It is not beautiful with carvings and bright enamel, but with striking simplicity and precision of proportions.
In terms of the pagoda is a square. This layout was especially characteristic of the Tang era. The pagoda gradually decreases upward, and along with the tiers, the windows also decrease. As a result, the illusion of perspective is created, and the pagoda, whose height is 64 meters, seems even higher.
Over the long period of its existence, the pagoda was of different heights. In 652 it had 5 tiers. In 704, it was completed to 10 tiers, and in the medieval wars, the three upper tiers were destroyed. So the tower remained seven-tiered.
Experts believe that the pagoda was built under the influence of Indian architecture. It is also believed that earlier relics and figurines were kept here, which were brought from India by the monk and philosopher Xuanzan.
There is a legend about the origin of the name of the pagoda. Once, wild geese flew over her, and one of them fell to the ground. The monks considered him an incarnation of the Buddha and buried him under the building.
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