"Circular Mound Altar" Temple of Heaven Tip by Willettsworld
Temple of Heaven, Beijing: 229 reviews and 504 photos
The Circular Mound Altar is the altar proper, located south of the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It is an empty circular platform on three levels of marble stones, where the Emperor prayed for favourable weather. It was built in 1530 by the Jiajing Emperor and rebuilt in 1740. In the middle is the Heavenly Centre Stone which is the site of the emperor's sacrifice. It is surrounded by 9 stones in the first ring, 18 in the second and up to 81 in the 9th ring symbolising the Nine Heavens. The Centre Stone is a very popular place to have your photo taken and I managed to grab a photo for a split second without anybody standing on it!
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