Pagoda (Chinese: 凌霄塔; pinyin: Língxiāo tǎ;
Wade–Giles: Linghsiao T'a) is a
Chinese pagoda west of the Xinglong
Temple in Zhengding,
Hebei Province, China.
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The original pagoda that stood at the same site was dubbed the Wooden
Pagoda, and was built in 860 AD during the
Tang dynasty (618-907). The
pagoda's present form of brick and wood dates to 1045 AD during the
reign of Emperor Renzong (1022–1063) of the
Song dynasty (960-1279),
and was renovated and restored in the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.
It was formerly part of the Tianning Monastery, and although the
latter no longer exists, the pagoda has been well preserved since the
11th century. In 1966 the pagoda was damaged in an earthquake, but
immediate repairs have kept it standing and open to the public.
The brick base and structure of the 42 m (137 ft) tall
pagoda ends after the 4th floor, as the rest of its height from the
5th floor up is purely wooden construction. It features a total of
nine stories with nine wooden tiers of eaves encircling the octagonal
frame of the pagoda. In the center of the pagoda stands a large
column, a feature of
Chinese architecture in pagodas that was
discontinued sometime after the Song and Yuan periods. Built a decade
later in 1055, the Liaodi
Pagoda (China's tallest pre-modern pagoda)
also features an inner column, in the shape of another pagoda. Within
the interior of the Lingxiao Pagoda, a wooden staircase leads up to
the 4th floor. The pagoda is also crowned with a cast iron spire.
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Architecture of the Song dynasty
List of Buddhist temples
Xu Xiaoying, ed. Zhongguo Guta Zaoxing. Beijing: Chinese Forest Press,
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