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The LINGXIAO PAGODA (Chinese : 凌霄塔; pinyin : Língxiāo tǎ; Wade–Giles : LINGHSIAO T\'A) is a Chinese pagoda
Chinese pagoda
west of the Xinglong Temple in Zhengding
Zhengding
, Hebei Province, China
China
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Features * 3 Notes * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

The original pagoda that stood at the same site was dubbed the Wooden Pagoda, and was built in 860 AD during the Tang dynasty
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.

FEATURES

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
Chinese architecture
in pagodas that was discontinued sometime after the Song and Yuan periods. Built a decade later in 1055, the Liaodi Pagoda
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 .

NOTES

* ^ Xu (2007), 146.

SEE ALSO

* Architecture of the Song dynasty * List of Buddhist temples
List of Buddhist temples

REFERENCES

* Xu Xiaoying, ed. Zhongguo Guta Zaoxing. Beijing: Chinese Forest Press, 2007.

EXTERNAL