Photographer's Note

The Temple of Heaven is surrounded by a large courtyard and it stands majestically in an elevated position. A large round, graceful building made entirely in sandalwood, without a single nail, is crowned with a multi-tiered deep blue tiled roof. We learned that, like numbers, colors have specific meanings. Blue was reserved for God.
The gardens and long pavilions surrounding the Temple of Heaven are used by many elders for recreation and as a place for learning skills, arts and special interest activities from other elders who volunteer their time to teach. They all gather in the vast gardens and hallways to learn, meet friends, play Chinese dominoes and cards and spend their idle time. Tai chi, tango dancing, banner swirling, flute playing, and singing occupy small groups along the paths.
Temple entrances and hallways were to be entered using only the sides as the center was reserved for God’s use. The courtyards and buildings had three entrances, the center for God, the right for the Emperor, the left for all others.

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Additional Photos by Rafael Morillo (rmorillo) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 70 W: 26 N: 23] (273)
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