Belvedere of literary depth (Wenyuan ge)
Belvedere of literary depth
The belvedere of literary depth is in the complex of the pavilion of literary glory. It is above all a library located behind the pavilion of literary brilliance. It was built in 1776 during the 41st year of the reign of Qianlong (1736-1795) to replicate the famous Paradise Lookout (Tianyi Ge) located in Zhejiang Province. This two-story pavilion is covered with black ceramic tile and green tile roof. These colors make the pavilion solemn and elegant.
This choice of colors was not trivial: The black was associated with water, it was hoped to protect the belvedere of fire. The books in the belvedere included the complete Library of the Four Treasury Bills and the Collection of Ancient and Modern Books Approved by the Emperor. Since the reign of Qianlong (1736-1795), apart from the emperor, officials and major secretaries have also been allowed to consult the books preserved here.
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