The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor - World's Largest Mausoleum

The Mausoleum is the tomb of the first emperor of China’s Qin Dynasty. It is located at the northern foot of the Lishan Mountain in Lintong District of China's Shaanxi province. It is the largest mausoleum ever discovered in the world. The Mausoleum ranks first of all imperial mausoleums in terms of its massive scale and rich variety of burial objects.

The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor is situated underneath a 76-meter tall tomb mound. The tomb was designed to be 166 meters high, but years of weathering and damage have reduced the height. The mausoleum covers a total of 2.18 million square meters, with the tomb itself covering 220,000 square meters.

To date, the tomb of the Emperor Qin has not been excavated. But the terracotta army unearthed nearby has already stunned the world. The 8,000 soldiers which make up the famous Terracotta Army have dazzled the world. They are anything but massively interesting and has been called the “eighth wonder of the world”.

The First Qin Emperor, named Ying Zheng, was one of the most notable emperors in ancient China. He came to the throne of Qin at the age of 13. According to historical records, the construction of the Mausoleum was initiated in 246 BC. The construction work lasted for 38 years and completed in 208 BC.

The Qin Dynasty is a splendid page in the history of China. And the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor almost embodies the highest achievement of Qin civilization. It is one of the most popular archeological sites in the world. It attracts a large number of tourists from home and abroad to visit each year.

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