Located in the lee of the robust archaic city wall, close to where we were staying, we saw the solid ancient structure most every day. It was fascinating to visit it.
Completed in the 1440s it served a key purpose in monitoring the heavens for the Emperor who was the Heavenly representative on earth. Important nautical control of the seas was furthermore aided by the studies performed here.
The ground level is quite extensive with a tranquil pleasant courtyard and garden, each with exhibits. An interesting museum portrays astronomical advances by the Chinese including developments in calendar formation.
On the roof are magnificent treasures comprising a quantity of large instruments that were utilised in the investigations. They are perfectly placed on a height against the ever changing light of the sky. A sextant, theodolite, celestial globe, a fabulous altazimuth and a number of armillas are amongst the masterpieces.
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