In China, near the terracotta army discovered an ancient palace

December 5, 2012 23:09

Photo O. Louis Mazzatenta, National Geographic

Group of Chinese archaeologists made a unique discovery near the world-famous terracotta army in Xian — the ancient capital of the country. Experts have unearthed the palace of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, which was built in the III century BC.

Found the building is the largest building in the tomb of Shi Huang, which is located in an area of 56 square kilometers. Built size is 90 by 250 feet. Despite the fact that the palace has more than two thousand years, the individual fragments are in a satisfactory condition. Well-preserved remains of the walls, gates, stone roads, as well as elements of ceramics and some masonry.

The complex includes 18 buildings with a main building in the center. According to scientists, the palace is a precursor of the Forbidden City (Imperial palaces in Beijing), but four times is inferior in size.

Qin Shi Huang — the first ruler who unified China, in an era where there were great facilities. Thus, he initiated the construction of the Great Wall of China. In addition, he will have written themselves into the history of architecture and archeology through a funeral complex, erected in his honor. It is the tomb of the emperor in 1974, found the famous terracotta army.

The army consists of 2000 pieces of generals, officers, spearmen, archers, made in full size. In marching columns were also sculptures chariots and horses to the driver. In addition, each sculpture, apparently clung to a particular person, as none of them are alike. 110 new soldiers have been found this year, reports

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