Yuan Dynasty Architecture – Mongols in China

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A tall white cylindrical building with a pointed top

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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By |2018-04-18T09:53:27+00:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China, Medieval|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Yuan Dynasty Architecture – Mongols in China. Quatr.us Study Guides, June 5, 2017. Web. January 18, 2019.

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Dr. 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, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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