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Stairway to Heaven
The Temple of Heaven has 301 pieces, making it intermediate in difficulty. This 3D wooden puzzle is meant for ages 8 and up. Assembled, the Temple of Heaven puzzle measures about 11" x 11" x 10" (27.9 x 27.9 x 25.4 cm).
3D wooden puzzles come die-cut on 3mm-thick sheets of high-grade wood, complete with sandpaper. They include a picture of the final assembled model and a numbered chart to help you out if you get stuck. Painted, varnished, or left as natural wood, historical puzzles deliver a challenging, educational and creative activity. No tools or glue are necessary, although you might want to use a bit of white glue if you're assembling your model for permanent display. Some pieces may come pre-painted. Background illustration is not included.
Did you know...?
The Temple of Heaven (literal translation from Chinese is Altar of Heaven) in Beijing is considered a Taoist temple, although Heaven worship is older than Taoism. The Temple was built from 1406-1420 by the same emperor who brought you the Forbidden City. The temple grounds cover 2.73 square kilometers and comprise three main buildings: The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, The Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Circular Mound Altar. Our model depicts the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a magnificent circular building 118' (36 m) in diameter and 125' (38 m) tall, where the Emperor prayed for good harvests. Like our model, the real building is completely wooden and uses no nails. Its four inner, 12 middle, and 12 outer pillars represent the four seasons, 12 months, and 12 traditional Chinese hours.