Gate of Military Prowess

Gate of Military Prowess

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This is the back gate of the Forbidden City. On its tower are bells and drums beaten in the morning and in the evening respectively to mark time.

The gate was formerly called Xuanwumen Gate and Emperor Kangxi’s name happened to be “Xuanye”. Under feudal etiquette, the mention of the emperor’s name was a taboo. So it was renamed Shenwumen Gate when it was reconstructed in the 17th century.

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