Con­fu­cius Tem­ple

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CHINA -

The Con­fu­cian Tem­ple first dates to the Tang Dy­nasty (CE 618-907) and was built dur­ing the reign of Em­peror Taizong. The orig­i­nal, mod­est tem­ple was not built as a me­mo­rial tem­ple, but rather as a fam­ily tem­ple of Con­fu­cius him­self. The present-day me­mo­rial tem­ple com­plex, which is vast, has been dam­aged and de­stroyed over the years but was re­stored and en­larged roughly to its present for­mat dur­ing the mid­dle of the 12th cen­tury CE. It is the old­est pre­served Con­fu­cian tem­ple in China.

The parts of the tem­ple com­plex which stem from the re­con­struc­tion in 1163 CE, are the only ex­am­ples of Jin Dy­nasty Con­fu­cian-tem­ple ar­chi­tec­ture to be found through­out China. More­over, the tem­ple com­plex boasts 87 sculp­tures of Con­fu­cius and his dis­ci­ples, the largest group­ing of such sculp­tures in any Con­fu­cian tem­ple com­plex any­where in the world. For most of its his­tory it has also acted as the lo­cal school.

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