Beijing Confucius Temple is the principal
site of Confucian worship during Yuan, Ming and Qing
dynasties. Situated in Guozijian St., the temple was
established in 1302 and reconstructed in 1411. It is
the second largest temple built for Confucius, the greatest
thinker and educationalist in ancient China, ranking
only behind the Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong Province.
Confucius Temple still keeps the original
Yuan Dynasty architectural style, though it experienced
several reconstructions and extensions. The three-row-house
courtyard emphasizes Dacheng Gate, Dacheng Palace, Chongsheng
Gate and Chongsheng Ancestral Hall in the axle wire.
There are a total of 198 pieces of stone tablets on
both sides of the front courtyard containing the names
of thousands of advanced scholars of the Yuan, Ming
and Qing dynasties.
After the full-scale reparation of
2005, Confucius Temple will display its original Ming
and Qing dynasty architecture.