Yuan Dynasty Architecture - Ancient China
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Yuan Dynasty Architecture

Yuan pagoda
Yonglegong Taoist temple in Shangxi (1247 AD)

When the Mongols conquered China in the 1200s AD, they did not bring in their own architecture, but continued the older Song Dynasty styles. People built many new Buddhist temples, but they also kept on building Taoist temples.

The Mongol capital Dadu was near Beijing, and it was Yuan architects who did the original city planning for Beijing.

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Bibliography and further reading about ancient Chinese architecture:

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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