593 Years of history7,750,016 Square feet in size8,707 RoomsTHE FORBIDDEN CITY IS AMAGNIFICENT PALACE.
Constructed by the Yongle emperorConstruction began in the year 1406Completed in 1420.THE FORBIDDEN CITY IS AMAGNIFICENT PALACE.
Home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.Remained a residence until 1924Designed by a eunuch named Nguyen AnTHE FORBIDDEN CITY IS AMAGNIFICENT PALACE.
The Forbidden City is aligned with the Polar Star along a north-south axisCeremonial halls are arranged with southern exposures
Outer Court was for imperial businessInner Court was imperial living quartersTHE OUTER COURT & THEINNER COURT
The Meridian GateThe Gate of Supreme HarmonyThe Hall of Supreme HarmonyThe Hall of Central HarmonyThe Hall of Preserved HarmonyThe Gate of Heavenly PurityOUTER COURT
Main entrance to the Forbidden CityTallest structureSpanning a height of 98.5 feet.No building was permitted to be taller.Used for the palace ritualsThe central archway was reserved for the EmperorTHE MERIDIAN GATE
Most important building in the palace complexEmperors were enthronedFormal rituals were conducted hereTHE HALL OF SUPREMEHARMONY
Added in 1765Central throneWhere the Emperor would restbefore reigning over major eventstaking place in the Hall of SupremeHarmonyTHE HALL OF CENTRALHARMONY
Used for rehearsing ritualsHosting banquets during the QingDynastySits on a three-tiered marble terraceHosts the most elaborate throne inthe complexTHE HALL OF PRESERVEDHARMONY
Entrance to the Inner CourtTHE GATE OF HEAVENLY PURITY
Hall of Heavenly PurityThe Hall of Union and PeaceThe Hall of Earthly TranquilityThe Imperial GardenINNER COURT
Living quarters of the MingemperorsConsidered to be a masculinebuildingEmperors hosted New Year’s EvebanquetsMost the Ming emperors died hearSite for Imperial funeralsThirteen Ming emperors made thispalace their residenceHALL OF HEAVENLY PURITY
The empress’s throne roomWhere the ladies of the court wouldgatherTHE HALL OF UNION AND PEACE
Living quarters for the empressWas considered to have femininevirtuesServed as a sacrificial hallTHE HALL OF EARTHLYTRANQUILITY
Covers three acresIn the four corners of the gardenthere are pavilionsThis garden was where the emperor,empress and concubines relaxed andwere entertained by the Chineseopera.THE IMPERIAL GARDEN