Temple of Agriculture

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The Temple of Agriculture
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Temple of Agriculture (simplified Chinese: 先农坛; traditional Chinese: 先農壇; pinyin: xiān nóng tán) or Altar of Agriculture is a historic site in Xuanwu District of Beijing, China, and located near the Temple of Heaven.


The Temple of Agriculture was built in the 15th century.[1] It was used by Ming and Qing emperors to perform sacrifices.

The temple's Jufu Hall was included in the 1998 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) when it was in danger of collapse, and again in 2000 along with the rest of the temple.[2] In 1998, American Express provided funding through WMF for the restoration of the structure.[3] Other structures on the site were subsequently restored, and the work included stabilization, wood treatment, repair and conservation of the tiles, and consolidation and preservation of the painted decoration. Today, the site has the status of Major Site Protected at the National Level of China.

In artwork[edit]

"The Yongzheng Emperor Offering Sacrifice at the Xiannong Altar" from the Qing Dynasty.


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Coordinates: 39°52′36″N 116°23′10″E / 39.876551°N 116.386153°E / 39.876551; 116.386153