NANJING CITY WALL

Nanjing City Wall

Nanjing, China

The Ming Dynasty’s First Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang ordered the construction of the Nanjing City Wall in 1366 AD. He wanted to protect the city that was the capital of the Empire at the time. Twenty states participated in providing brick for the City Wall that was finished in 1386. It was a huge project to tackle back then, but the architects successfully responded to all the challenges.

At the time of construction, the Wall had four areas, including Palace City, Imperial City, Inner City, and Outer City. Unfortunately, the Outer City collapsed in the meantime and we can today see the inner City relics. The wall is under state’s protection and it is of great importance to the local history.

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