Gate of divine prowess

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Gate of divine prowess


Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwu men)

It is the northern gate of the Imperial Palace, and it is also called the Gate of Military Engineering. It was originally called the door of occult power until it was restored in the 17th century. Its tower once contained a drum and a bell that was used to announce the time. Thus it sounded a blow at nightfall, and then recommenced at the rising of the Sun. At night it sounded once an hour.

This door was not used by the emperors who passed through the South Gate.


Gate of Divine Prowess

Gate of Divine Prowess


Gate of Divine Prowess

Gate of Divine Prowess



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