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The Temple of Heaven in Beijing is the largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings…

The Temple of Heaven in Beijing is the largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings. It is located in spacious Tiantan Park, south of the central city. Occupying an area of 273 hectares with four gates at the cardinal points, and walls to the north and east, it is three times the area of the Forbidden City. The Temple of Heaven is less a religious site than a historical one. Dating to the 15th century, it was where the emperor made an annual pilgrimage to pray for good harvests. It is made up of several notable buildings such as the Altar of Prayer for Good Harvests, Imperial Vault of Heaven and Circular Mound Altar. Chinese emperors usually paid strong veneration to Heaven, the Supreme Being that governed the universe. They considered themselves the "sons of heaven" and showed great concern over the rituals of heaven worship…

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