The Big Wild Goose Pagoda (652 CE)

One of the most famous Buddhist pagodas is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the modern Chinese city of Xian. Begun in the early Tang Dynasty (652 CE), the pagoda was finished in 655 CE. In 652 CE, Xuanzang proposed that this temple be built to store the scriptures and statues that he brought back from his travels to India. The Emperor agreed after funds were raised to buy the materials. Xuanzang was deeply involved in the construction, as well as the design of the temple. The temple was originally 60 meters high in five stories, but after numerous reconstruction projects today's temple has seven stories and 64 meters high.

Architectural Style

The Big Wild Goose pagoda is considered to be an architectural marvel. The build is built of  pagoda are layers of brick, but has no cement between the brick. They used the bracket style of construction to build this pagoda, a traditional style of architecture used in the China for the construction of pagodas. Bracketing uses links between bricks instead of using cement. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda has a simple and a humble appearance. The pagoda is a symbol of an ancient people's wisdom. 

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