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Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum description and photos - China: Nanjing. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum.
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The Xiaolin Mausoleum is one of the main memorial complexes in Nanjing, which includes not only tombs in which representatives of the Ming and Qing dynasties are buried, but also a unique combination of ancient architecture with the traditions of Chinese architecture ... Literally the name of the mausoleum is translated as “Minsk Tomb of Parents Respect”. Indeed, most of the burials belong to the dynasty of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, who began his rule in the XIV century. The emperor was close to the idea of eternal life and imperishable existence after death. Therefore, throughout his reign, he periodically erected a mausoleum for relatives and close associates.
Xiaoling Zhu Yuanzhang began construction in 1381, choosing for this a place on Mount Zijinshan in accordance with all the rules of feng shui. As a building force, the emperor used prisoners, who in 1413 completed the construction of the mausoleum. After Zhu's death, Yuanzhang was buried in Xiaoling, and the Yongle Emperor who came to replace him supplemented the architectural ensemble with an original stele made of a single stone. The sculpture was dedicated to the emperor's father and is still considered the tallest in Nanjing.
Today the mausoleum is located on the cleavage of Mount Zijinshan in close proximity to the historical part of Nanjing. On a vast area of 116 hectares, there are numerous buildings of the complex and various statues. Tourists are most attracted by the monumental arches and the Golden Gate, as well as the original statue of the turtle-bisi, on the back of which a stele was placed, depicting intertwined dragons. On each tomb, you can see an inscription telling about who is buried in this place.
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