Daming Palace of Chang�an

Daming Palace of Chang�an - through the Hanyuan...

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Daming Palace of Chang’an Elliot Waniek In the Daming Palace of Chang’an, each of the connecting halls within the building create an organized structure that embodies power through the geometric arrangement of each hall, in order to provide such services including ceremonies, court, and even a peaceful environment, due to its axial layout. The palace is split up into 3 main halls and a garden area, that are all organized geometrically along a line creating an organized and unified palace with each area specified for a specific purpose. The first hall of the palace was called the Hanyuan Hall, which was the main gate of the palace that had a large staircase rising up the center with identical towers on either side, thus already establishing its axiality through the rising center stairs. The emperor was able to assert his power through the imperial ceremonies that would take place in the square due to Hanyuan Hall’s unique design and structure. After proceeding up the stairs and
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Unformatted text preview: through the Hanyuan Hall, directly behind it is the Xuanzheng Hall where the emperor held court. Although the building remains on a single axis, the Xuanzheng Hall splits off into other corridors from the main axis that connects all the courts throughout the palace. The same concept continues into the Zichen Hall, following the Xuanzheng Hall, where the offices of all the imperial bureaucracy are radiating from the main axis. The palace building ends in the garden at the Taiye Pond, where the concept of structure and nature embodied into the palace grounds enables a sense of tranquility compared to the distraught stress occurring in the main halls. With the emperors authority being asserted through the size and detailed structure of the Daming Palace, it was through the axial layout that allowed the linking courts, strategically one after the other, to serve a different purpose as one proceeded through the palace....
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course ART HIST 6F taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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