Temple of the Moon (China)

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Temple of the Moon
Bell Tower2(Temple of Moon).JPG
The Bell Tower inside the Temple of the Moon
Temple of the Moon (China) is located in China
Temple of the Moon (China)
Shown within China
Coordinates39°54′57″N 116°20′46″E / 39.915867°N 116.346005°E / 39.915867; 116.346005Coordinates: 39°54′57″N 116°20′46″E / 39.915867°N 116.346005°E / 39.915867; 116.346005
The North Holy Gate

The Temple of the Moon (Chinese: 月坛/月壇, Pinyin: Yuètán) is an altar located in Fuchengmen, Xicheng District, in western Beijing, China. The altar was built in 1530 during the Ming Dynasty for use in ritual sacrifice to the Moon by the Emperor of China.[1]

The altar and the surrounding grounds are within a public park. The altar itself is no longer intact, though the surrounding walls remain.

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  1. ^ Chen Nan (July 10, 2007). "To the Moon and Back". China Daily. Retrieved 2009-12-17.