Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
The Temple of Heaven, founded in the first half of the 15th
century, is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens
and surrounded by historic pine woods. In its overall layout and that of
its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth
and heaven – the human world and God's world – which stands at the heart
of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors
within that relationship.