The forbidden city, which is nearly three and a half kilometers long, forms a rectangle in the heart of Beijing. It measures 10 meters high and 6 wide and is pierced with only 4 doors, one on each side. The southern gate is the main gate, overlooking Tian'anmen Square and is called the "Wu men" in Chinese, Meridian Gate. In the north is the Gate of Divine Prowess. On the sides the doors are not centered, they are close to the South angle. In the West, the "Gate of Western Glory" and the East Gateery Gate (East Flowery Gate, in Chinese "Xihuamen" and "Donghuamen") in the East. . These 4 doors are of course not a simple passage in the wall, they are real small bastions of which the south is particularly imposing.
This enclosure is protected by 52-meter-wide moat exactly over which 3 bridges pass to access the West, North and East gates. In the South, Tian'anmen Square serves as protection.
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