Gate of Divine Might

The Gate of Divine Might, the northern gate. The lower tablet reads "The Palace Museum" (故宫博物院)

The Gate of Divine Might or Gate of Divine Prowess (Chinese: 神武门; pinyin: Shénwǔmén) is the northern gate of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. It faces Jingshan Park. A tablet above the doorway reads "The Palace Museum" in Chinese.

The Gate was originally named "Black Tortoise Gate" (玄武门; 玄武門; Xuánwǔmén), this being the traditional name for the northern gate of a Chinese imperial palace. However, when the Kangxi Emperor, whose birth name was Xuanye (玄燁), ascended to the throne, the use of the Chinese character Xuan (玄) became a form of naming taboo. The character Xuan (玄) also has the meaning of "sacred mystery", which correlates well with the new character "Shen" (神), meaning "divine".

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gate of Divine Might (Forbidden City).

Coordinates: 39°55′15.4″N 116°23′25.5″E / 39.920944°N 116.390417°E / 39.920944; 116.390417

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 9/5/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.