Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor – A Tomb With Thousand Soldiers

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We are celebrating World Heritage Sites this week. And to be frank we have thousands of heritage sites all over the globe. To pick up one of the best from the list is almost impossible. However, we have some exciting topics and places lined up for this week. And today we will be looking into the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, an unusual UNESCO Heritage site. So let’s get to know more about this wonderful heritage site and also get to know why this place is inscribed into the world UNSECO Site?

About Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

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The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor is located in China. It is a massive archeological finding of thousands of statues made of terracotta. The statues were of soldiers and warriors in their chariots with swords and other weapons. It is said that the then emperor Unifier of China was buried in the complex with thousands of terracotta warriors surrounding him. In 1974 during an archeological excavation, the first finding of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor was discovered. There was a miraculous 76-meter tall tomb found beneath the earth while excavation. The tomb looked like a pyramid at first glance!

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History of Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

First Qin Emperor Statues
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The history of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor takes us back to 247 BC. Around this century a tomb was constructed for the then emperor. More than thousands of terracotta warriors in their horses were also buried along with the king. The entire space taken by the tomb and surrounding is 56 square kilometers. The excavation that was out represented the age of tradition and culture of China and the people living there. And when we are talking about world heritage sites, the culture and tradition of the place play an important role.

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This tomb was the first of its kind built for an emperor and also the largest in the history of China. The unique architectural layout and the preciseness of the design are worth praise. Especially when we are talking about 246 BC. And due to its exceptional architecture and historic prospects, the place was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Protection and Management

terracotta statues at the mousoleum
terracotta statues at the mausoleum: Image Credit/thoughtco.com

Each and every place that has been listed as World Heritage Site is a national and international interest. And the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor thus grabs special attention from the local as well as higher authorities. It is protected under the State Priority Protected site when required for extra maintenance. The overall planning and strategic approach have been looked after by the Qinshihuang Mausoleum.
The museum and the surroundings are protected and preserved from the urban developments. This is done from a tourism point of view. The probability of mending and maintaining the museum also plays an important.

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China as a tourist attraction

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We all know China is a place with extraordinary tourist destinations, right from the Great Wall of China to some fabulous monasteries across the country. The number of tourists visiting the place is increasing every year without any doubt. China has some wonderful World Heritage Site for the people who absolutely love art and culture. One of which is the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.

This is an underground tomb that was later discovered. And it was realized that the rediscovered Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor is a work of indisputable artistic skills and extreme labor work. After major excavation more than thousands of terracotta warriors were dug out without any damages. The excavated things represented the Chinese tradition and culture that paved the way to disclose the history of 1000 years.

The authenticity of the Place

Soldier Overlay Statue
Soldier Overlay Statue: Image Credit/willjusino.github.io

China marks an existence of 1000 and more years. Everything constructed and built on the land has a significant amount of importance worldwide. And thus the authenticity and integrity of the land cannot be compromised at any given point in time. The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor was built between 246 and 208 BC. This means it almost took 38 years to construct this amazing tomb!

The date and the years are quite authentic and precise. When it comes to the integrity of the place, its architecture and cultural significance speak out loud than ever. And that makes the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor a perfect place for art lovers and solo travelers alike. If you are a history student or a person with a keen interest in exploring different cultures, this place is the perfect one.

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Of late we are covering World Heritage Places from China. And to our surprise, the land has some extraordinary sites for travel enthusiasts. What would be more interesting than to visit a place that has seven wonder of the world to its credit? and along with that do visit the places that are listed on the World Heritage Site such as our place of the day- the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor!
While you ponder your head, It’s a bye from me!
Bon Voyage.