Dayan Ta Pagoda is in Xi’an, one of China’s ancient capitals.
During the Tang dynasty (618-907), Xi’an was the largest city in the world, with a population of over one million persons and connected to many regions in Asia and Europa via the Silk Route and the thousands of foreign merchants that lived here. It was the capital of twelve imperial dynasties, along more than a millenium.
It is home to the two great pagodas, one is Xiaoyan (The Little Wild Duck Pagoda), 43 m high, and the other one is Dayan Ta (The Big Wild Duck Pagoda).
Dayan Ta Pagoda was built in 652, at the beginnings of the Tang dynasty, by the prince-heir Li Zhi, in memory of his deceased mother. It is 64 m high and it has 7 levels. Originally, it was part of a Buddhist temple consisting of 13 courtyards and over 300 rooms.