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Beijing western city gate

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This picture was taken from Dictionnaire encyclopédique Trousset, also known as the Trousset encyclopedia, Paris, 1886 - 1891.

At the time of this picture, Beijing was divided into two separate sections, each enclosed by its own walls, which measured about thirty feet (9 m) in height, for a thickness of about twenty feet (6 m). The bases were made of stone, the upper parts of brick, and on the summit, floored with tiles, it is said that twelve horsemen could ride abreast. In front of each main gate was an esplanade, used as a place of arms, and whose access was not located directly in front of the inner gate, but laterally. Above and behind the gates rose nine-stories watch-towers. This illustration was made after an engraving by Thomas Allom.

Keywords: China, Asia, wall, buildings & monuments, Trousset encyclopedia,

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