The religious aspects of Nanjing 南京
China was long a Buddhist country, with temples erected in many places.
Jiming Temple (鸡鸣寺)
The temple, which literally means "rooster crowing" was first constructed in 557 during the Liang Dynasty and has been destroyed and reconstructed many times. The existing temple was constructed during the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Hongwu in 1387
A less well known temple complex on the Jiangning mountain to the south of Nanjing. The complex was founded more than 1500 ago and has a remarkable leaning tower
And some details of the temple complex
Linggu Temple (灵谷寺), "the best Buddhist temple in the world"
The temple was first built in 515 under the reign of the Liang Dynasty (502-557). It used to lie at the northeast foot of Mount Zhongshan,
i.e. where Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum now locates, since Emperor
Zhu Yuanzhang chose the place to be his mausoleum and then the temple was moved to the present place. The temple was named by Emperor
Zhu Yuanzhang himself. It used to be large and covered an area of over 300,000 square metres. Later it was destroyed in warfare under
the reign of Emperor Xianfeng and rebuilt under the reign of Emperor Tongzhi in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).
On the city wall, facing Xuanwu lake, there is a small temple
Qixia Temple (栖霞寺)
Qixia Temple is a Buddhist temple located on Qixia Hill in the suburban Qixia District in Nanjing. It is one of Nanjing's most important Buddhist monasteries. 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, is the "Thousand Buddha Caves", a grotto containing many Buddhist sculptural works of art
And more religious expressions
There are many places where you can find small altars or temples around Nanjing. Below you will find some examples
Kwan-Yin scenic area
Close to the Yangtzhe river you find a scenic area with some altars and statues
In the middle of the city you can find Pilu Temple, a complex consisting of several buildings