The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing

I stumbled upon this Historical Tidbit and though everyone would like it.


by Q. AB. on August 31, 2009

The Chinese Emperor Yongle designed Porcelain Tower of Nanjing. In China it’s called Bao’ensi, which mean “ Temple of Gratitude”. It’s situated on the south bank of the Yangtze River in Nanjing, China.

The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing

European visitors include this tower among the wonders of the world due to its unique structure. They have given it name as The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing.


This exceptional structure was almost destroyed in 19th century warfare and became part of history in other words forgotten part of history. The people who seen it on firsthand they claims it one of the most exalted structure of a Buddhist pagoda.

A French mathematician who visited China in early 19th century describes it as the best-contrived and noblest structure of the entire East.


Structure Description

Its construction was started in the 15th century. It was having octagonal base of 97 feet in diameter. The tower was nine stories tall pyramidcally with a height of about 260 feet.

An American missionary who visited Nanjing in 1852 according to his information the original plan for tower was of 13 stories with a total height of 330 feet.

The Porcelain Tower of Nanking
Anyhow the smaller though made a little difference but it was not the size that made it a memorable structure for the visitors. The thing made it memorable was its structure’s elegance and beauty.

The white showy porcelain bricks of the tower made it unforgettable. In daytime the bricks glitters in sunshine and in night those were light up with 140 lamps hanging around the exterior of the pagoda.

The porcelain panels were having the colorful work of stoneware tiles with green, yellow, white, and brown glazes along images if animals, landscapes, flowers, and bamboo.

1 comment:

chinamanufacturer said...

China's architecture is absolutely fascinating, with a very unique style, combining tradition with modernity.