Congratulations. Yes, I am indeed at the Forbidden City in China. For those of you who like to know what it is...
The Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) Beijing, China. The Forbidden City Bronze Urn In The Courtyard Of The Hall Of Supreme Harmony Taihe Dian.
Built from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms and covers 720,000 square metres (7,800,000 square feet). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Since 1924, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Part of the museum's former collection is now located in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Both museums descend from the same institution, but were split after the Chinese Civil War. The outer city contained important temple areas and residential space for the commoners. Huge brass urns like these were used to collect water for - surprise, surprise - firefighting purposes! I guess their civil defence officers then were pretty strong to lift these back breakers!
So, Zlaty, if you contact me via email and give me your address, I can ship your fat quarters and mag to you ASAP, congratulations once again !!This weeks photo is a bit more challenging I hope. First to guess wins 2 fat quarters and a quilting mag. Good luck and have a great week. Julie