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Bailin Temple Pagoda in Zhaoxian County of Hebei Province

Bailin temple pagoda The pagoda, built in 1330 during the Yuan Dynasty, is an octagonal, seven-storeyed brick building of multi-eaved style. It is about forty meters tall and stands on a stone foundation. The lower part of the pagoda is a brick Sumeru pedestal with two rows of fine carvings of musicians, celestial guardians, dragons, elephants, lions, deer, peonies and other ornamental patterns. The vivid images and beautiful patterns show the skilled craftsmanship of the builders and artisans and rich national styles. On the pedestal is a flat base supported by carved brick brackets and surrounded by balustrades with carved patterns. The huge first storey is encircled by four layers of stone lotus petals joined to the base. Doors, windows, columns, rafters and brackets were carved on the brick walls of the first storey. On top of this are seven tiers of eaves, all supported by brackets.
The Bailin Temple Pagoda is noted for its prominent brackets, outreaching eaves, and exquisite carved patterns. It demonstrated further development in the architecture of multi-eaved pagodas compared to those of the Liao and Kin periods. It is regarded as a masterpiece among pagodas of the Yuan Dynasty

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