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Forest Of Stone Steles Museum

China Xi'an Forest Of Stone Steles Museum
Xi'an China Forest Of Stone Steles Museum

Situated in Sanxue Street, downtown Xian, the Forest of Stone Steles Museum is a splendid treasury of Chinese art and history. It was once the site of the Temple of Confucius during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). It was initially established in AD 1087 when some precious stone steles were moved here for safe keeping, including the 'Classic on Filial Piety' written by Emperor Xuanzong in AD 745 and 'the Kaicheng Stone Steles' carved in AD 837. With an area of 31,000 square meters, the Forest of Stone Steles used to be the principal museum for Shaanxi Province since 1944. Altogether six corridors, seven rooms and eight pavilions are used to display these invaluable treasures. Then because of the large number of stone steles, it was officially named as the Forest of Stone Steles Museum in 1992.

This museum holds a large treasure of the earliest stone steles of different periods, from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. All together, there are 3,000 steles. The seven exhibitions halls mainly display the works of calligraphy, painting and historical records. All of these record some achievements in the development of the Chinese culture and reflect the historical facts of the cultural exchanges between China and other countries. Stone tablets written by famous calligraphers such as Ouyang Xun, Wang Xizhi, Yan Zhenqing and Liu Gongquan also can be found in the museum.

Room One mainly displays 'the Kaicheng Stone Classics', took seven years to carve, consist of 114 steles with twelve kinds of classics. The lections include 'the Book of Changes', ' the Book of History', 'the Book of Songs', 'the Analects of Confucius' and some others of this kind. Other steles describe the spread of Christianity, peasant insurgencies and aggressions of western countries etc. At that time the printing was under development. In order to well preserve these lections, the rulers ordered to engrave them on the stone steles.

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