Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
1 Surroundings and history 2 Gallery 3 Notes 4 References 5 External Links
Surroundings and history
The original pagoda was built during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of
Tang (r. 649–683), then standing at a height of 54 m
(177 ft). This construction of rammed earth with a stone
exterior facade collapsed five decades later. The ruling Empress Wu
Zetian had the pagoda rebuilt and added five new stories by the year
A massive earthquake in 1556 heavily damaged the pagoda and reduced it
by three stories, to its current height of seven stories.
The structure leans very perceptibly (several degrees) to the west.
Its related structure, the 8th century
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Statue of Xuanzang. Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an.
Close up view of the eaves and exterior bricks
View from the park
Inside the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
^ Watson, 185. ^ a b Ingles (1982), 144.
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