Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Treasures from the Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Gunpowder containers

Signet bracelet

Love that Filigree!

(Snuff bottles)

The Emperor and Empress clad in all their jewels

The Forbidden City (which is no longer forbidden) was the Chinese Imperial Palace for Emperors for almost five hundred years. Built between 1406 to 1420 this expansive compound houses over 8,700 rooms and covers 7,800,000 square feet. This place is truly a city! There is certainly no reason the Emperor would have had to leave this place. Everything came to him and he had plenty of room for whatever he pleased. There is a lot of interested history associated with this place, but aside from the amazing architecture, my favorite part was all the imperial treasures.

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