A Stairway to Dynasty Heaven in Beijing

Perhaps the song “Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin was based on this depiction of this Imperial sacrificial altar from the 15th century.
Beijing’s Temple of Heaven is a monument of extraordinary value as a preserved connection to the imperial Ming and Qing dynasties. The complexities of its surrounding buildings, its elaborately decorated interior, and its location in the heart of one of the city’s largest parks.

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