"Palace of Abstinence" Temple of Heaven Tip by Willettsworld
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The Palace of Abstinence, built in 1420, was the palace where the emperor used to observe abstinence from meat, drink, music, women and care for the state affairs three days before he conducted sacrificial rites at the Temple of Heaven. The palace complex is located just inside the park wall near the west entrance and is covered with green tiles symbolising the emperor's obedience to heaven. The palace complex covers an area of 40,000 square metres and includes ritual, service and defensive buildings such as the Beamless Hall, bed chambers, a belfry, a stone pavilion housing a bronze statue (symbol of justice and righteousness) and rooms for guards and servants.
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