Incredible Photos Inside China’s Forbidden City

The Forbidden City located at the heart of Beijing is one of China’s most well-preserved historical sites, dating back to 1420. It was constructed as a home for emperors and is a must-see for anyone who pays a visit to China. For over 500 years, these palace grounds served as the center for the Chinese government and housed 24 different emperors that ruled the country. The artwork and history within its 26-foot high walls are truly amazing and protected by a 171-foot wide moat, the Chinese people took every precaution to keep their emperor safe. Take a look inside the awe-inspiring Forbidden City.

Largest Imperial Palace

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Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

The Forbidden City is a palace complex that spans an incredible 7,750,000 square feet. In comparison, it’s three times the size of the Musée du Louvre located in Paris, France.

It took about one million laborers to finish this masterpiece, which was built between 1406 and 1420. It includes 980 buildings, over 90 courtyards, and more than 8,728 rooms. This is easily the largest imperial palace. Not even a full day here will allow you to soak in everything.