THE WONDERFUL TOWERT OF NANJING

The architecture is considered as one the seven arts, the art of designing and building lasting and beautiful constructions. One of the most remarkable buildings was the Porcelain tower of Nanjing, also known as Bao'en located on the south bank of the Yangtze in Nanjing, China.

The Porcelain tower of Nanjing was located in the center of a garden filled with exotic plants and animals. It was an octagonal tower with a base diameter of 30 m and 79 m in height, being one of the tallest buildings in China at that time. The pagoda was divided into nine levels with a stair with 184 steps.


The tower was built with white porcelain bricks. The walls were embedded with pieces of glass and green, brown and yellow faience, the illustrations used to recreate flowers, animals and landscapes as well as some Buddhist motifs.

According to China history, The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing was designed during reign of the Yongle Emperor (r. 1402-1424) in the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty, but was mostly destroyed in the 19th century during the course of the Taiping Rebellion.

In 1801 the tower was struck by lightning that brought down the last three floors, which were quickly restored. During the decade of 1850, the Taiping rebellion reached the city of Nanking, and the rebels took the city, destroying the Buddhist motifs and the central stair of the tower and to prevent the rival they used it as a watchtower. The tower remained standing until 1856, when subversives finally destroyed it. The remains of the tower were forgotten until recently.

Nowadays, The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing doesn't exist, but there is a movement of population and some universities that support the reconstruction of this Historical tower.



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