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Double-Tower Temple

Double-Tower Temple, also called Yongzuo Temple, lies in Haozhuang Village, southeast of Taiyuan. It was built in 1573. In the temple there is a tower with two spires. The scene of "two spires towering into the sky" is often used as a symbol of Taiyuan. The 13-story octagonal tower, called Xuanwen Tower, is 53 meters high and made of brick and stone. Inside the tower, the spiral staircases give access to the top of the tower where one can have a view of the whole city. Wuliang Hall is another structure in the temple. The exquisite double-eaved hall is divided into the main central hall, west hall and east hall. The arched door in the yard leads to the eastern corridor displaying engravings of famous calligraphers, including Wang Xizhi, Wang Xianzhi, Yan Zhenqing, Liu Gongquan, Tang Huaisu, Su Dongpo, Huang Tingjian and Fu Shan.
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