Qixia monastery, (in) Qixia, Jiangsu, CN

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"[A Sui Dynasty (581-618)] small decorative stone pagoda with several storeys and the typical pending roofs can be seen in the Qixia Monastery 栖霞寺 near Nanjing 南京/Jiangsu." - http://www.chinaknowledge.de/History/Tang/sui-arts.html

"Location: Nanjing
Address: Qixia Mountain, 22 km northeast of the city, Qixia District, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Route: Take a shuttle bus from Southern Railway Station. From Shanghai – Nanjing Expressway: exit at Liu Tang Exit, turn east to the direction of Qixia Avenue.
Lying 22 km northeast of Nanjing City, Qixia Mountain (Sheshan Mountain) is dubbed “the most beautiful mountain in Nanjing”. The mountain is 286 meters high and has three peaks - Dragon Peak, Tiger Peak and Fengxiang Peak.
The well-known Buddhist temple, Qixia Temple, is located on the mountain. This temple was erected in 489 BC [Clearly, a typing error. This date should be set in CE period - tmciolek] and was enlarged in the Tang Dynasty. It was once recognized as one of the Four Largest Temples in history. The temple was destroyed by fire during Qing Dynasty and reconstructed years later. The temple has a number of critical historic relics such as the Thousand Buddha Cliff, the Royal Stele and the Sheli Pagoda. […]
Recently, Chinese archeologists have found numerous ancient stone inscriptions carved on the cliffs of the Mountain. The cliff inscriptions were found during a research project for cultural relics and they could be dated back to the Northern and Southern Dynasties (960-1279). The archaeologists have also unearthed four grottoes and dozens of Buddhist sculptures in the grottoes."

"Qixia Temple (traditional Chinese: 栖霞寺; pinyin: Qīxiá Sì) is a Buddhist temple located on Qixia Hill in the suburban Qixia District of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China, 22 kilometres (14 mi) northeast of downtown Nanjing. It is one of Nanjing's most important Buddhist temples.
Built in AD 489, the 7th year of the Yongming (永明) era during the South Qi Dynasty, the temple is known for its large collection of Chinese Buddhist visual art and sculptural art in the grounds. These consist of pagodas, murals and artwork that date back to the 10th century.
Near the temple site and situated on the slopes of Qixia Hill, there lie the "Thousand Buddha Caves", a grottoe containing many Buddhist sculptural works of art […] 32.154167, 118.953889 " - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qixia_Temple

"Qixia Temple, Nanjing, China
(built 489 onward, oldest structures 10th c.)
Qixia Temple (Temple where the Dawn Perches) is 22 kilometers northeast of Nanjing. It was founded in 489 during the Six Dynasties era, a period of division prior to the Tang dynasty. […] The present temple was built during the late Qing dynasty, but there are several hundred small niche caves that were carved into the rocks behind the temple beginning shortly after the temple was founded. Most of these were heavily damaged in the late Qing dynasty during the Taiping rebellion and later social unrest."
Input by: tmciolek, Jun 17, 2011

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 09 Jul 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Qixia monastery, CN.

General location of the Qixia monastery, CN.
Lat 32.154167 Long 118.953889
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2011.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Jiangsu Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0467-99c - tmciolek 09 Jul 2014
0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 09 Jul 2014

13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

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