Xi'an, stands a tribute to the greatness of China's Tang dynasty
Xi'an (then called Chang An) was the capital
of the Tang dynasty. It's hard to imagine an ancient city with over a million
people, including traders who came across the Silk Road and some of China's
earliest witnesses to the Truth.
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This pagoda is China's oldest-known Christian structure. The other
buildings in this ancient compound were destroyed during the Cultural
Revolution, but this leaning tower remains as a tribute to the lives of
Christians in China for the past 1300 years.
Nestorian Stele (the black stone rising from the turtle below) was
the mid to late 700s (AD)
to commemorate the opening of a Christian seminary and the pagoda you see
here. The Stele also highlights the good relationship these early
Believers had with China's leadership--one of the most open minded and
thus prosperous in China's 5000-year history. Today, the current
government has restored this landmark in recognition of its important
international historical significance. You can find out a lot more by
searching the web (e.g., look for "Da Qin" and "Nestorian" and you'll find
lots of cool info!) (By the way, this is a replica of the Stele--but
you can see a photo of the real thing by clicking here.)
The painting on the right was created by a good friend, Mr.
Niu Guang Xian (with me in the photo below left), who lives in Xi'an. He
was 84 in 2005 when he painted this for me. He was a few years younger in
1997 when he took the photo on the right below. At the time, he was acting
as translator for this important delegation of Chinese and "Nestorian"
(also called "The Church of the East") brethren.
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