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The SMALL WILD GOOSE PAGODA, sometimes LITTLE WILD GOOSE PAGODA (Chinese : 小雁塔; pinyin : Xiǎoyàn Tǎ), is one of two significant pagodas in Xi\'an , Shaanxi
Shaanxi
, China, the site of the old Han and Tang capital Chang\'an . The other notable pagoda is the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda , originally built in 652 and restored in 704. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
was built between 707–709, during the Tang dynasty under Emperor Zhongzong of Tang (r 705–710). The pagoda stood 45 m (147 ft) until the 1556 Shaanxi
Shaanxi
earthquake . The earthquake shook the pagoda and damaged it so that it now stands at a height of 43 m (141 ft) with fifteen levels of tiers. The pagoda has a brick frame built around a hollow interior, and its square base and shape reflect the building style of other pagodas from the era.

During the Tang Dynasty, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
stood across a street from its mother temple, the Dajianfu Temple. Pilgrims brought sacred Buddhist writings to the temple and pagoda from India, as the temple was one of the main centers in Chang'an
Chang'an
for translating Buddhist texts. The temple was older than the pagoda, since it was founded in 684, exactly 100 days after the death of Emperor Gaozong of Tang (r. 649–683). Emperor Zhongzong had donated his residence to the building of a new temple here, maintaining the temple for 200 monks in honor of his deceased father Gaozong. The temple was originally called the Daxianfusi or Great Monastery of Offered Blessings by Zhongzong, until it was renamed Dajianfusi by Empress Wu Zetian in 690.

SEE ALSO

* Chinese architecture
Chinese architecture
* List of Buddhist temples

NOTES

* ^ A B C D E F Kiang, 12.

REFERENCES

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* Heng Chye Kiang. (1999). Cities of Aristocrats and Bureaucrats: The Development of Medieval Chinese Cityscapes. Singapore: Singapore University Press. ISBN 9971-69-223-6 .

Coordinates : 34°14′26.9″N 108°56′14.6″E / 34.240806°N 108.937389°E / 34.240806; 108.937389

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