Fotou Monastery, great hall  佛頭寺大殿


  • great hall (English)
  • 大殿 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 大殿 (Simplified Chinese)
  • dàdiàn (Pinyin)
  • ta-tien (Wade-Giles)
  • Fotousi dadian (English)
  • 佛頭寺大殿 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 佛头寺大殿 (Simplified Chinese)


  • Coordinates:
    • Lat. 36.3581667° Long. 113.5761333°
  • Building Information

    The main hall of Fotousi was built during the Song-Jin period. Placed on a stone foundation platform 0.31 meters high, the hall is three bays wide, four rafters deep, with a single eaves hip-gable roof. In the hall, the transverse frame is four-rafters deep and is configured using a three rafter beam joined to a zhaqian tie beam supported by three pillars. There are panel doors in the central bays of the front and back facades and straight lattice windows in each of the side bays.1

    Date 960-1234
    Dynasty Northern Song to Jin 960 - 1234 2

    Works Cited

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    • 1 国家文物局. 2006. 中国文物地图集. 山西分册, II:305; 35-C6.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
    • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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