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The Forest of Stone Tablets Museum, used to the Temple of Confucius, houses the largest collection of stone tablets in China…

The Forest of Stone Tablets Museum, used to the Temple of Confucius, houses the largest collection of stone tablets in China. The museum mainly consists of works of literature and philosophy, historical records, calligraphy and pictorial stones. The museum was originally built in Northern Song dynasty (1090 A.D.) when a large Confucian collection of steles cut in A.D. 837 known as the oldest existing texts of the Confucian classics was moved here for safekeeping. It gained the present name in the 18th century and boasted the largest collection of its kind in China. One of the more striking exhibits is the Forest of Steles, the heaviest collection of books in the world with the earliest of these more than 2,000 large engraved stone tablets dates from the Han dynasty. With the successive collections of Steles in the Song, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, it was gradually renovated and expanded like a forest of steles. The Popular Stele of Daqin Nestorianism, which can be recognizable by the small cross at the tip and engraved in 781 A.D. marks the opening of a Nestorian church. The Monk Bu Kong Stele in Tang dynasty (A.D. 781) is noteworthy for its Buddhist value…

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