In collaboration with the
International Astronomical Union

Category of Astronomical Heritage: tangible immovable
Dengfeng observatory, China

Format: UNESCO World Heritage List

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  • InfoTheme: Ancient and medieval Far East
    Entity: 61
    Subentity: 1
    Version: 5
    Status: PUB
    Date: 2017-11-05 12:05:53
    Author(s): Clive Ruggles

Dengfeng observatory is inscribed on the

as part of the property ’Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in ‘The Centre of Heaven and Earth’ ‘ (no. 1305).

Integral to the Statement of OUV is the fact that Mount Songshang, where Dengfeng observatory is located, was considered the centre of heaven and earth. As such, it was the only place where astronomical observations were considered to be accurate, a concept that was strongly linked with the idea of imperial power. The mountain was also a centre for religious devotion.

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