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The temple of the pair of pagodas

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The temple of the Pair of pagodas (Shaunta) is located in the southeastern part of the city of Taiyuan. Historical evidence suggests that the construction of the temple began in 1608 at the behest of Emperor Wanli, who belonged to the Ming dynasty. Responsible for the construction was assigned to the monk of Fu Dan, who found rich at the time of the entrepreneur, donated a large sum of money for the creation of Shaunta.

In the XVII century the temple was also known under the name of UNCSW, and the modern name was given later, when the territory has built two absolutely identical pagoda with a height of 53 metres. Currently the pagoda are the hallmark of Shanxi province, as you can see them from absolutely different points of Taiyuan.

The pagoda is built entirely in accordance with the standards of classical Chinese architecture. Each of the buildings consists of thirteen brick floors divided by wooden beams with curved eaves. Arched awnings are artfully decorated with original patterns, and on each end of the roof installed unusual miniature statues of beasts, coated with a special glaze. Inside the pagoda you can see a long spiral stairway that visitors climb to the top and enjoy the views.

In addition to the pagodas, on the territory of Shaunta is a unique gallery of gray brick that contains a large collection of the oldest stone tablets carved with the characters of such famous calligraphers of the middle ages, as su Donpo, van Sijil and Yang Cantin. Around the pavilion, a cozy green area with many plantings of peonies, carnations and orchids.