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The Temple of Confucius
The Temple of Confucius, the present site of the Capital Museum is located in Guozijian Street. It is here that Confucius was worshipped during the Yuan , Ming and Qing dynasties .The temple was first built by Kublai Khan in 1302 in the Yuan Dynasty, and was restord and rebuilt on srveral occasion during the Ming and Qing dynasties. In 1737, during the reign of Qing Emperor Qianlong, the major hall was renovated and was recovered witrh magnificent yellow glazed roof tiles. In 1906, when the worship of Confucius was further emphasized by the Qing Govrnment , the temple underwent ectensive restoration which lasted until 1916.


The Temple of Confucius The Temple of Confucius

This temple consists of four courtyards. The main structures include Xianshi Gate (Gate of the First Teacher), Dacheng Gate (Gate of Great Accomplishment), Dacheng Hall (Hall of Great Accomplishment) and Chongshengci (Worship Hall). Dacheng Hall is the main building in the temple, where the memorial ceremony for Confucius was often held. Inside the temple one can see that 198 stone tablets are positioned on either side of the front courtyard, containing 51,624 names of Jinshi (the advanced scholars) of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Also 14 stone stele pavilions of the Ming and Qing dynasties hold the precious historical information of ancient China.

The Temple of Confucius The Temple of Confucius


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