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Standing tall

By Zhang Zixuan (China Daily)

08:50, May 11, 2012

Clockwise from top: Workers remove the stone spire of the Four Gates Pagoda during the recent renovation. A historical photo of the pagoda near Jinan, capital of Shandong province. The Akshobhya Buddha's head is displayed. Statues of the Thousand Buddha Cliff are weathering because of leaks. The pagoda is undergoing a major restoration. [Photos by Zhang Zixuan/ China Daily]

China's oldest remaining one-story pavilion-style stone pagoda is undergoing major restoration to ensure the about 1,400-year-old building continues to stand tall.

As part of the Shentong Temple complex that is now in ruins, the Four Gates Pagoda, or Simen Pagoda, is a stupa built in the Sui Dynasty (AD 581-618) to store Buddhist relics. The State Council listed it among a first-batch cultural heritage site under State protection in 1961.

Located at the foot of Qinglong Mountain in rural Jinan, Shandong province, the pagoda is square, 7.4 meters wide on the sides and 15.04 meters high. Four doors have straight sides and arches on top.

The pyramidal pagoda roof is supported by a square stone pillar, with four Buddha statues on every face. The roof consists of 23 tiers of overlapping stone slabs and a stone steeple on top.

"The mission is to repair leaks that have begun to damage the Buddhist statues," says Wang Feng, deputy director of the Cultural Heritage Preservation Center of the Four Gates Pagoda.

The pagoda underwent major renovations during the early 1950s and 1970s to solve problems of sedimentation, cracking walls and spire weathering, Wang says.

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