Mount Songshang is considered to be the central sacred mountain of China. At the foot of this 1500 metre high mountain, close to the city of Dengfeng in Henan province and spread over a 40 square-kilometre circle, stand eight clusters of buildings and sites, including three Han Que gates - remains of the oldest religious edifices in China -, temples, the Zhougong Sundial Platform and the Dengfeng Observatory. Constructed over the course of nine dynasties, these buildings are reflections of different ways of perceiving the centre of heaven and earth and the power of the mountain as a centre for religious devotion. The historical monuments of Dengfeng include some of the best examples of ancient Chinese buildings devoted to ritual, science, technology and education.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

8 sites in this World Heritage

  • Taishi Que Gates, Zhongue Temple
  • Shaoshi Que Gates
  • Qimu Que Gates
  • Songye Temple Pagoda
  • Architectural Complex of Shaolin Temple (Kernel Compound, Chuzu Temple, Pagoda Forest)
  • Huishan Temple
  • Songyang Academy of Classical Learning
  • Observatory

Taishi Que Gates, Zhongue Temple

Shaoshi Que Gates

Qimu Que Gates

Songye Temple Pagoda

Architectural Complex of Shaolin Temple (Kernel Compound, Chuzu Temple, Pagoda Forest)

Huishan Temple

Songyang Academy of Classical Learning

Observatory

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
China 
Category
Cultural
Name
Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(vi)
Year of Registered
2010
Keyword
Historic Center, Monument, Registered in 2010