Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihedian)
It was erected in 1406 and has undergone many later repairs. As the heart of the Forbidden City, the so-called Golden Carriage Palace, used to be the place where emperors received high officials and exercised their rule over the nation. Grand ceremonies would be held here when a new emperor ascended the throne. Celebrations also marked emperors' birthdays, wedding ceremonies and other important occasions such as the Winter Solstice, the Chinese New Year and the dispatch of generals into fields of war.
Since it was symbol of the imperial power, it was the highest structure in the empire during the Ming and Qin dynasties. No other building was permitted to be higher any where in the empire. The heavily glazed hall is 35.02 meters high (37.44 meters including the rooftop decoration). It is 63.96 meters in width and 37.2 meters in length respectively. There is a total of 72 pillars, in six rows, supporting the roof. The doors and windows are embossed with clouds and dragons.
Go north to visit the Hall of Central Harmony (Zhonghedian).
How to visit the Forbidden City
Miraculous Sundials in the Forbidden City
Mysterious Animals on the Palace Roofs of the Forbidden City
Interesting Animal Statues in the Forbidden City
Special Caisson Ceiling Designs in the Forbidden City
Smallest Palace in the Forbidden City
Height (including the basis): 35.5 meters (116 feet)
Length: 64 meters (70 yards)
Width: 37 meters (40 yards)
I cannot find further detailed statitics about the roof, hope this would be helpful.
I am currently doing a grade 12 drafting and design project on the hall of supreme harmony. To do so I require detailed dimensions of the hall. Like the thickness of the exterior walls, the diameter of the pillars, the diameter of the arches, the length of each segment of the roof, the height and width of the doorways, and much more dimensions. I would be eternally grateful if you could help me find more specific dimensions of the hall so I can draw it for my project.
Sincerely, a very interested high school student
The length / width / height of the hall: 64 meters / 37 meters / 26.92 meters;
The height of the white marble stone carving pedestal: 8.13 meters;
The diameter of the stelae (inside the hall): 1 meter;
The diameter / height of the stelae (outside the hall): 1.06 meters / 12.7 meters;
Hope these could be helpful.