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XIANNONGTAN (TEMPLE OF AGRICULTURE)

XIANNONGTAN (TEMPLE OF AGRICULTURE)
Beijing, China
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BACKGROUND

The temple complex dedicated to Xiannong, the father of agriculture, was built in 1420 below the Forbidden City and adjacent to the famed Temple of Heaven in Beijing. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, a religious festival was held at Xiannongtan each year on the vernal equinox to welcome the season and guarantee an abundant harvest. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

At the end of the twentieth century, many of the structures at Xiannongtan were in danger of collapse. To combat these trends, World Monuments Fund initially placed the badly damaged Jufu Hall on the 1998 Watch and then expanded the listing to encompass all of Xiannongtan in 2000. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The halls, pavilions, gates, and walkways of Xiannongtan are important architectural relics of extinct imperial traditions, connected both physically and historically to the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. The Tilling Ritual and other agricultural ceremonies were first outlined by Confucius in the Li Ji, or Book of Rites, and they endured at Xiannongtan for centuries. (...)

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Harvey Golub2000 Hadrian Award Presented to Harvey Golub
October, 2000

On October 27, 2000, WMF presented its Hadrian Award to Harvey Golub, then CEO of American Express. Mr. Golub eloquently expresses his passion for historic places, how heritage enriches our lives, and what motivated American Express to support the creation of the World Monuments Watch.