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XUANJIAN TOWER

XUANJIAN TOWER
Yuci City, Shanxi, China
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BACKGROUND

Xuanjian Tower, part of a complex dating to the thirteenth century, is the main feature of the Town God’s Temple in Yuci. The 18-meter-high tower was built entirely of wood in the Taoist style in the Yuan period and then renovated during the Ming and Qing dynasties. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

With support from American Express, WMF helped the city of Yuci in its conservation of Xuanjian Tower. Murals were cleaned, roofs were retiled and rotten rafters, floors, and other wooden supports were repaired. The exterior surfaces were repaired; windows, doors, and balustrades were either repaired or replaced. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Included on the 2000 World Monuments Watch to call attention to its architectural significance and its fragile state, Xuanjian Tower is an important Taoist structure that faced years of neglect. While many carved features were removed in the twentieth century, the structure retains distinct features that showcase the fine craftsmanship and traditional motifs. (...)