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Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven Portrait
Wonder
First AppearanceThe Asian Dynasties
Base Hit Points5000
Build Limit1
UseAges up, heals units
CivilizationsChinese
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The Temple of Heaven is a Chinese Wonder in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It can be built out of a selection of five Wonders in order for a player to advance into the next Age.

Bonuses Edit

Finishing this Wonder allows Shaolin Masters to heal at a rate of 10.0 with a range of 12. Also, it provides Transcendency, an ability that instantly heals a player's units up to a total of 1000 HP, 300 seconds cooldown.

Shipments Edit

When built, it sends a shipment of Villagers. The later the Age it is constructed in, the larger the shipment of Villagers:

Trivia Edit

  • It is based on the real and famous Chinese temple located in Beijing/Peking, China.
  • This Wonder is featured in all games of the Age of Empires series, including Age of Mythology (introduced in Tale of the Dragon)

History Edit

"The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty so Chinese emperors could offer a sacrifice to heaven on the winter solstice, thanking heaven for the previous year's bounty and to petition for favor in the coming year. The temple complex covers almost 3 million square meters and is enclosed within a long wall. Chinese emperors called themselves “The Son of Heaven” and dared not build their own dwelling (the Forbidden City) bigger than a temple dwelling for heaven. The northern portion of the temple complex is semicircular, symbolizing the heavens, and is higher than the southern part, which is square, symbolizing the earth.

The temple complex is an aggregation of many buildings, including The Circular Mound Altar (Yuanqiutan), the Imperial Vault of Heaven (Huangqiongyu) and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest (Qiniandian), which contains twenty-eight huge posts; the four posts along the inner circle represent four seasons; the twelve posts along the middle circle represent the twelve months; and the twelve posts along the outer circle represent the twelve Shichen (Chinese "hours," each consisting of two Western hours). The roof is covered with black, yellow, and green colored glaze, representing the heavens, the earth, and everything on earth.

Smaller structures include the Three Echo Stones and Echo Wall. A wide bridge called the Vermilion Steps Bridge (Danbiqiao, or "Sacred Way") connects almost all of the buildings. The Chinese believed that the emperor could go to heaven through this bridge; the Yu Route was reserved only for the emperor; the Wang Route on the other side was for princes and high officials.
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