A New Splendor
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The advent of the Ming dynasty marks a new period of splendor, in which imperial architecture becomes fully inspired by Feng Shui. This is already evident in the architectural project of the first imperial tomb of the dynasty in Nanjing, Xiaoling, which is accurately described together with its companion, unfinished project: the (little known) hugest megalithic monument ever conceived in human history, which still remains in its quarry at Jangshan. The move to Beijing and the symbolic planning of the Ming capital—which included the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and several other majestic projects—are also analysed.