The Temple of Heaven (天壇, Tiāntán in Chinese) is a set of religious buildings contained in a 276 ha park in Beijing. It's located in the southern Dongcheng District, a few km south of the Forbidden city. Initially built between 1406 and 1420 under the reign of the Yongle emperor of the Ming dynasty, it was expanded over the centuries. The most significant structure in the Temple of Heaven complex is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (祈年殿, qíniándiàn in Chinese), a colourful triple-gabled circular building, with a diameter of 36m and 38m tall. South of it there is the imperial walkway bridge, which leads to the Imperial Vault of Heaven (皇穹宇, huángqióngyǔ in Chinese), a single-gabled circular building. Further south there is the Circular Mound Altar (圜丘坛, huánqiūtán in Chinese), an empty circular platform on three levels of marble stones. The Temple of Heaven has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998.

01 Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests 02 Interior of Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests 03 Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests 04 Platform with prayer hall 05 Temple of Heaven
06 Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests 07 Temple of Heaven 08 Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests 09 Temple of Heaven
10 Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests 11 Temple of Heaven 12 Imperial walkway bridge 13 Gate
14 Gate 15 Imperial Vault of Heaven 16 Temple of Heaven 17 Circular mound altar 18 Imperial Vault of Heaven
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