Big and Small Wild Goose Pagoda
In ancient China of the Han and Tang Dynasties, an international trade throughfare, ever binding Central Asia, South Asia, West Asia and others all over the Europe together and bring about enormous influence on developing foreign relations as well started from Chang’an (i.e. Xi’an city, nowadays), the capital for both the Han and Tang Dynasties, and then went west with large quantities of commodities, particularly the Chinese silk road by European historians afterwards.
7-storied Big Wild Goose Pagoda, 1300-years old, one of famous scenic spots in Xi’an city, was built to store the sutras brought back from India by XuanZhuang,, a famous accomplished monk in Tang Dynasty who designed it himself in accordance with the pattern of India stupa after presenting a memorial to the emperor Tang Gao-zon. It was initially built in the 3rd year of Yonghui of the emperor ‘Tang Gao-Zong’s reign, 5 storied in height, and temple’s body gradually decayed due to the forested surroundings. It’s built in the 1st year of Chang’an in the Tang Dynasty。 7-storied in total, 64m in height and t’s remained as before with ancient Chinese architectural achievement being revealed richly.
15-storied Small Wild goose Pagoda, built in the 1st year of the emperor TangZhong-zong’s reign (i.e. 707), being 1300 yeaars old, 45m in height nowadays, known for its of top, lies inside the Jianfu Temple. The densely covered caves are taken in its architecture. The two Wild Goose Pogodas set off each other to advantage. The arched door-heads of both south and north entrances are enchased with lapidarian weeds, flower patterns and intellectual donor’s images, the workmanship is exquisite.
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