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Forest of Steles 碑林

Forest of Steles

The entrance to the Forest of Steles, or Beilin Museum 碑林 (Bēilín), in Xi'an contains a large pool, beginning the garden setting that surrounds the various pavilions, display rooms, and pagodas that comprise the museum. The museum is situated in a temple to Confucius which began to house steles during the Tang Dynasty. Two famous groups of steles containing inscriptions of the classics were placed there in 904 AD. Over the centuries, more were added. Now, the Forest of Steles has more than 3,000 works in its collection and displays about 1,000 of the most important items.

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Last update: March 2010
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