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Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian


The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda is located in southern Xian, China. The pagoda was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and back then had five stories. The pagoda was built to store sutras and figurines of Buddha, that were brought to China by the Buddhist translator and traveller Xuanzang.

In the beginning of 8th century under the ruling of Empress Wu Zetian five more storeys were added to the pagoda. Sadly wars on later times damaged the pagoda reducing its height to its current seven storeys. It stands 64 meters tall and from the top it offers great view over the city of Xian.

Around the pagoda lies the Temple of Great Maternal Grace; Da Cien. The temple was originally built in AD 589 and rebuilt in AD 647 by Li Zhi, who later became the Tang Emperor Gaozong. The Temple of Great Maternal Grace was built in memory of his mother Empress Wende. Xuanzang's statue stands in front of the temple area.

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