Qianling Tomb Picture

Qianling Tomb is where the third Tang-dynasty emperor and his empress were buried together…

Qianling Tomb is where the third Tang-dynasty emperor and his empress were buried together. The third emperor was Li Zhi (Gaozong) and his empress was Empress Wu Zetian. Wu Zetian was the only female monarch in the Chinese history. Qianling Tomb was built in 684 A.D and is located on Liangshan Hill. The scope of the tomb is very large with the precincts of the tomb and gardens totaling an area of 2,400,000 square meters. The tomb consists of three peaks: the two on the southern side are artificial, but the higher northern peak is natural and is the main part of the tomb. The inner city, about 240 square meters, followed the rectangular layout of Chang'an city with four gates on each side named clockwise: the Phoenix in the south, the Tortoise north, the Black Dragon east and the White Tiger west. In the front of the tomb is the Spirit Way along which is lined by huge stone statues of animals and human. They demonstrate remarkable achievements of the sculptural arts during the prime of the Tang dynasty…

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