The Forbidden City
Friday 24 October,
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In this lecture, Frances Wood guides us through the enormous complex of buildings known as the Forbidden City, one of the most famous extant legacies of the Ming dynasty.
Built on the orders of the Yongle Emperor, the Forbidden City was the centre of the imperial court and government within the new capital of Beijing. It was divided into the outer court, used for ceremonial purposes, and the inner court, the residence for the imperial family.