Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Imperial Vault of Heaven



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

The Imperial Vault of Heaven is one of the major buildings in The Temple of Heaven near Beijing, China. The vault was built to contain memorial tablets of the ancestors of the emperor. According the ancient Chinese religious belief, heaven is round, and so the major buildings in the Temple of Heaven are also round.

The picture above was scanned from a slide.

22 comments:

Mildred said...

Very interesting George. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a nice day.

troutbirder said...

I think this is a new one for me. Or was the place where the emperor prayed for next years crops?

rainfield61 said...

I have heard for a long time, still looking for time to visit this place.

Leovi said...

Excellent view, very beautiful.

Maria said...

I hear of this place for the 1st time. beautiful!

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Pam said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey and photo, George. I can just picture all heavens angels flying in circles.

I pray your back is feeling better each day.. be well, be Happy :)
Pam

Sandra said...

hummm i am thinking about a round heaven... hummm again

Busy Bee Suz said...

Round? beautiful and interesting!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

very interesting building, indeed. :)
thanks for sharing. :)

i love your header.

have a great day!

betty

EG Wow said...

How interesting that an ancient Chinese religion believed Heaven is round! That certainly helps to explain the conical design of this vault.

reanaclaire said...

hello George..first time coming by to visit your blog..nice photos you have here..

Life Ramblings said...

your photo brings back fond memories of my trip a few years ago. Thank you.

Small City Scenes said...

Heavan is round---how interesting.
MB

KathyA said...

Rick Rockhill (do you read his blog?) just returned from Beijing and also featured many wonderful photos of the area.

Ginny said...

I love round buildings!!! The devil can't get you cornered!! This has such a simple beauty!

Sey said...

Now I know why their temples are round. China is one of the places I wish to visit someday.

Jen said...

I never though about the shape of heaven~~
I just know it will be magnificent!!

Fred Alton said...

Great shot of the temple George and informative comment. I learned that many houses in Africa are built round so that the demons do not have any corner to hide in. Interesting. BTW I love your new header.

SandyCarlson said...

Then may our lives be round! Beautiful structure.

Lon said...

I find that as being very beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

Carletta said...

You got a lot of readers thinking about a round Heaven!
'In The Round' - have to admit that's a pretty cozy idea. :)

A Lady's Life said...

and our planet is round :)

Is this a sign of times to come? :)