Qianling mausoleum

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Stele without writing ( wuzibei ) in front of the Qianling mausoleum

The Qianling mausoleum ( 乾陵 , Qiánlíng ) or Qiangling mausoleum of the Tang Dynasty ( 唐乾陵 , Táng Qiánlíng ) is the tomb of the third Tang emperor Gaozong (ruled 650-683) and his wife, the later Empress Wu Zetian (r. 684–704), in Qian County, Shaanxi Province, China . The deceased were buried here in 684 and 706 respectively.


The grave complex is located on the slope of Liang Shan Mountain , six kilometers north of the county town of Qian , eighty kilometers northwest of the provincial capital Xi'an .

It is surrounded by large stone-carved human and animal figures and decorative stone pillars ( huabiao ) arranged in rows . The winged horses ( yima ), stone lions ( shishi ), the Shusheng tablet ( Shusheng jibei ) and the stele without writing ( wuzibei ) are famous testimonies to the art of stone carving of the Tang Age .

Side graves ( peizangmu ), including those of Princess Yongtai, have already been opened . A large number of wall paintings and clay figures have been found in them.

The Qianling Mausoleum ( Qianling ) has been on the list of monuments of the People's Republic of China (1-171) since 1961 .

Of the eighteen Tang mausoleums ( Tang shiba ling ) and eighteen Tang imperial tombs in the Guanzhong plain ( Guanzhong (Tang) shiba ling ), it is the only tomb that was spared from devastation by grave robbers.

See also

reference books

Web links

Commons : Qianling Mausoleum  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Shusheng (述 圣) is the honorary title of Zisi ( 子思 ), Confucius' grandson

Coordinates: 34 ° 34 '23.4 "  N , 108 ° 13' 6.9"  E