Photographer's Note

The Forbidden City occupies an area of 72 hectares in full center of Pequim one rectângulo with 760 meters, of This for West and 960 meters, of North for South, encircled for a wall with 10 meters of height and an irrigation ditch of 52 meters of width, in an extension of 3800 meters. It makes use of four observation towers in each I sing and four doors of entrance, equally, endowed with towers: the Door of the Meridian the South, in the central axle of the city, the Flowery Door of the Divine Will the North and doors of This and West. The old emperors believed to live in the center of the Universe and that the line of the meridian passed for the way of long the Proíbida.Ao City of practically five centuries (491 years), they had lived in the Proíbida City a total of 24 emperors - 14 of the Dynasty Ming and 10 of the Qing Dynasty -, with its cuts of eunucos, wives and concubines. Puyi, the Last Emperor, who went up to the throne with 2 years of age (in 1908) was knocked down by the republican revolution of 1911. It abdicated in the following year, but he was authorized to live in the palaces of the Proíbida City up to 1924, where it arrived to order to construct a field of still today existing tennis, in the purest British tradition that was given to it for its English perceptor. The enclosure alone was opened to the public in 1949.A construction of the Proíbida City initiated it the room year of reign of Emperor Yongle, the third of the Ming Dynasty, completing itself 14 years later, in 1420. In accordance with some estimates, involved about a million of laborers, which 100 a thousand specialized craftsmen.

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Additional Photos by Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9250 W: 115 N: 13285] (64251)
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