Kaifeng retained a three-part structure - the Outer City of Weicheng, one of the three parts of Kaifeng, the largest, in the center of which was the so-called Inner or Imperial City, and already in it - Gongcheng, the Palace City, where the august family lived. Each of the parts was surrounded by a wall.
The imperial palace was located in the northwestern part of Kaifeng. Here is the 13.7-meter Dragon Pavilion, the great hall of the Qing Dynasty Longevity Palace. In ancient times, officials used to come here to conduct ceremonies dedicated to the emperor.
The Dragon Pavilion is built on a 13 meter high brick foundation. 72 steps lead to the pavilion. In the middle of the steps, 9 dragons are engraved as a sign of prosperity.
The roofs of palaces were often made multi-level, with upward curved corners, which were often decorated with figures of birds and animals. Such roofs gave grace to the outline of the building and at the same time carried protective functions. Imperial palaces were covered with yellow tiles, which was a symbol of imperial power.
During the wars of the subsequent times, Kaifeng suffered significant destruction, so that by the Qing time the city was practically destroyed. Only written evidence of old texts and scrolls testifies to the former greatness of the city.
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