In the Imperial Vault of Heaven you will find tablets of ancestors of emperors which were used during the winter solstice ceremony as a way of commemorating them.
Temple of Heaven - located in the southern part of Beijing, the temple was first built in 1420 for the emperors to worship heaven and pray for abundant harvests.
The complex is spread over an area of 270 hectares and consists of the Hall of Prayer, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, the three-tier Circular Altar, the Echoing Wall and the Thrice-Re-echoing Stone.
Built in 1420 this is where the emperors came to make sacrifices to heaven. It is larger than the Forbidden City. We didn't have much time here, so all we saw was the main Temple of Heaven.
Entrance to heaven - with a view on the temple and the highlights.The foundest memory on Beijng - besides the great wall and the forbidden city is this place! A must on your travel guide
...compromised by this blurry pic.
I decided to include it as well, because I loved the view.
The place was well visited even if weather was foggy.
Access to the different buildings were possible through these beautiful stairways.
The difficult part is to find the precise instant when you can make a picture free of people...
The Circular Altar was the location where monks made their rites for fertility and good harvest.
This Brazier served for offerings
Different day, same fog....
That day we went to our last visit, the Temple of Heaven.
I must say it is a must see but not as gorgeous as the other sites we saw.
The Temple of Heaven was founded in the first half of the 15th century. Its overall layout and the design of its buildings symbolize the relationship between earth and heaven.
It was build in the beginning of 1400.
This is one of the few buildings from the Ming dynasty which are in its originally structure.
China's largest existing temple complex, it used to serve for the worship of heaven and celebration of harvest by Ming and Qing emperors.
The Round Altar at Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park presents a unique architectural wonder that allows you to go back to your childhood roots while yelling and clapping at the central stone.
-Tiantan Park (Temple of Heaven)
The towering Hall of Prayer for good Harvest dwarfs the rest of the buildings at Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park.
Temple of Heaven. All the buildings here are of circular structure. This in contrast to the Forbidden City where all the buidlings are rectangular.