Imperial Vault of Heaven at Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China

Inside of the Echo Wall is the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It has had several names since its construction in 1530: Taishen, Great Divine Hall and Hall for Appeasing Gods. The round, wooden structure has a blue tile roof accented with a golden sphere at the 64 foot peek. The 51 foot wide hall sits atop a beautifully etched marble platform. Celestial Treasure House was a sacristy for God’s tablets used by the emperor during ceremonies. The Imperial Vault of Heaven was rebuilt during the mid-18th century.

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South Gate, Yongdingmen East St. & Jintai Rd., Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China

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