Temple of Heaven (five books on ancient architecture in Beijing)

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The traditional Chinese Architecture Series - five books on ancient architecture in Beijing

Language: English

Publishing Date: 2012

Pages: 278

Size: 16 K


ISBN: 9787302290902

 There are causes and effects behind the trends of all ages,which seem to contain unavoidable factors.Fortunately,in our times,an awareness of national culture has grown in China as well.And it is in the modern spirit of pursuing scholarly studies to collect material objects and do research about the past Efforts should be made today to seek new development in the bloodstream of tradition.As Chinese buildings represent a kind of engineering technology that lasted for over two thousand years,they form an independent art system.The Chinese culture finds its expression in many buildings,hich constitute a large portion of the Chinese art legacy.We must respect the brilliant ancient Chinese culture,we cannot afford to neglect researching the history of these Chinese buildings if we are determined to rejuvenate our nation and carefully sort out and protect the cultural relics of our past generations.If we attempt to awaken society by providing objective academic research,we can contribute to protecting cultural relics and can gradually reduce the damage to them.Even if such a work is a force against the trend of times,there must be no delay,as it is similar to rescuing valuable articles and precious paintings from a raging fire.It is a sacred duty to cherish and protect these valuable Chinese cultural relics.

——Liang Sicheng


Chapter Ⅰ Approacliing Temple of Heavcn

[1] Heavenly Shrines

[2] Circular Mound Altar in the Ming Dynasty and Hall of Grand Sacrifice

[3] The Building Complex of Temple of Heaven in the Qing Dynasty

Chapter Ⅱ Heaven Worship and Southern Suburhan Sacrificial Ceremonies in Ancient China

[1] Heaven Worship and Rituals of the Suburban Sacrificial Ceremonies in Ancient China

[2] Altars for Suburban Sacrifice in the Central Capital of Jin Dynasty and Those in Beijing During Ming and Qing Dynasties

Chapter Ⅲ Tile Origin of Thc Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

[1] From the Hall of Grand Sacrifice to the Hall of Grand Worship

[2] From the Traditional Mingtang to the Hall of Grand Worship in the Temple of Heaven During the Ming and Qing Dynasties

[3] From Sacrifice to Houji to the Altar of Praying for Bumper Harvests and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

Chapter Ⅳ Thc Circular Mouund and the Temple of Heaven

[1] The Ancient Circular Mound and the Origin of the Name of the Temple of Heaven

[2] A Circumference of Nine Ii Thirty Bu

Chapter Ⅴ the Construction of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests


[1] The Base of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Altar of Praying for Bumper Harvests

Ⅰ.the Base of the Hall

Ⅱ.Altar of Praying for Bumper Harvests

1.Altar of Praying for Bumper Harvests

2.the Railings

3.the Steps

4.the Column Base

[2] The Carpentry-Work Beam

Ⅰ.the Columns and the Architraves


2.Columns in Special Positions

3.the Architraves On top of the Columns

4.Ties in Special Positions

Ⅱ.the Beam Framework

1.the Beams

2.the Purlins and Ties Above the Beams

Ⅲ.Leigong Posts,Queen Posts and Youqiang

[3] The Bracket Sets

1.the Classification of Bracket Sets

2.the Bracket Sets At the Lower Eaves

3.the Bracket Sets At the Middle Eaves

4.the Bracket Sets At the Upper Eaves

5.the Distinction Among the Brackets At the Upper,Middle and Lower Eaves of Different Grades

[4] The Roofing

1.the Rafters and the Roofing Board

2.the Mortar Bed,the Tiles and the Tile Ornaments

3.the Rooftop

[5] Joinery Decoration

1.the Decoration of the Doors and Windows

2.the Ceilings and the Caisson

[6] Colored Painting

1.Colored Painting At the Exterior Eaves

2.Colored Painting At the interior Eaves

[7] Other Components

1.the Wall Under the Window

2.the "Sacred Altar" inside the Hall

Chapter Ⅵ the Circular Mound Altar and Its Auxiliary Buildings

[1] Evolution in Shape of the Imperial Vault of Heaven

[2] The Echo Wall

[3] The Circular Mound Altar

Chapter Ⅶ Auxiliary Buildings of the Temple of Heaven

[1] Hall of Imperial Zenith

[2] Divine Kitchen,Divine Depot and Animal-Sacrifice Pavilion

[3] Hall of Abstinence

[4] Office of Divine Music

Chapter Ⅷ Art and Symbolism of Architecture in the Temple Ofheaven

[1] Spatial Art of Architecture in the Temple of Heaven

[2] Symbolic Meanings of the Temple of Heaven

Annex: Major Events Concerning Sacrifice At the Temple of Heaven By the Ming and Qing Emperors,and Its Changes

List of Illustrations

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