Monday, September 22, 2008

Pagoda of Bailin Temple

The Pagoda of Bailin Temple , located in Zhaoxian County, Hebei Province, China is an octagonal-based brick Chinese pagoda built in 1330 during the reign of , ruler of the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty . This seven story pagoda stands at a height of about 40 m , built on a stone foundation. The lower section of the pagoda is a brick sumeru pedestal, which features two rows of intricate carvings that include artwork of musicians, celestial guardians, animals, and peonies. The first story of this solid brick pagoda features a facade of doors and windows, as well as columns, rafters, and . Above this are seven tiers of eaves. The design style of this pagoda follows the tradition of the Liao Dynasty and , which were and Jurchen dynasties that ruled northern China before Kublai Khan established the Yuan.

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