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Tuesday, 6 December 2016


A pagoda is any kind of tower with multiple eaves. They are common in eastern and southeastern Asia. Most pagodas were built for Buddhist religious purposes and their original purpose was to house relics and sacred writings.

Later, modified by Chinese architectural principles, the pagoda developed over time into the stone, brick, and wooden pagodas found throughout East Asia. The modern design is that of multi-storied towers, with each storey having a roof of glazed tiles.

The Songyue Pagoda constructed in 523 AD, is located at the Songyue Monastery on Mount Song, in Henan province, China. Built during the Northern Wei Dynasty, the building is the earliest known Chinese stone pagoda.

A circular-based stone-constructed Buddhist pagoda built in 523 AD. By Zeus1234 - Wikipedia

The Pagoda at Hōryū-ji, Hapan is the oldest wooden building on the plane. The pagoda is located in the monastery of Hōryū-ji, which was erected in 607. Built in 711, it contains some timbers that are estimated to have been felled in 594, wood being the primary material of construction in Japan. Its basic form is that of a house, repeated five times vertically.

The Hōryū-ji pagoda

The Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple in the Yingxian County of Shanxi, China is the world’s tallest wooden pagoda The striking piece of architecture was built back in 1056 and has a remarkable height of 67.31 metres (220 ft 10 in).

Fogong Temple Pagoda

Source Comptons Encyclopedia

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