Chaotian Palace

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Chaotian Palace
Native name Chinese: 朝天宫; pinyin: Cháotiān Gōng'
ChaoTianGong GateCenter Lion Nanjing.jpg
Front gate to the Chaotian Palace
Location Mochou Road, Nanjing, China
Coordinates 32°02′06″N 118°46′30″E / 32.035°N 118.775°E / 32.035; 118.775Coordinates: 32°02′06″N 118°46′30″E / 32.035°N 118.775°E / 32.035; 118.775
Architectural style(s) Ming dynasty

The Chaotian Palace (Chinese: 朝天宫; pinyin: Cháotiān Gōng), is located in Nanjing, China. It was built as an imperial palace in the Ming dynasty,[1] and today it is the Nanjing Municipal Museum.[1]


The palace is a complex of buildings, in the center of which is the Wen Temple, which was built with precious materials, including yellow glazed tile was from Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province. It is a total of 70,000 square meters, consisting of three lines.[1]

Within the palace are more than 100,000 cultural relics.[1]


The site of the palace was once the Imperial Central University (Chinese: 總明觀; pinyin: Zǒngmíngguān) in Song dynasty of Southern Dynasties. Chaotian Palace was first built by Emperor Hongwu in late 14th century during the early Ming dynasty. It was used primarily by members of the royalty for "veneration of ancestors".[2]

The complex was burnt down during the Taiping Rebellion, and the present buildings were built from 1866 to 1870 when Nanking Academy (Jiangning Fuxue) moved from its former site south of Qintian mountain.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Nanjing Municipal Museum Website[dead link]
  2. ^ a b Chaotian Palace, Nanjing, China. Asian Oriental Architecture. Retrieved May 11, 2014.

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