Gratitude temple is located in nanjing qinhuai district Chinese outside, is the longest in the history of Chinese Buddhism temple, its predecessor is soochow red wu years (238 ─ 250) built and ashoka tower, built in the early temple is China's second after luoyang white horse temple temple, is also set up the first buddhist temple in southern China, the buddhist center of China, and the soul valley temple, heaven temple and called jinling huiji temple has. [1-4]
Great gratitude temple is the Ming emperor zhu di built in memory of zhu yuanzhang and empress ma, Ming yongle decade (1412) to build temple rebuilt at the beginning of 19 years, cost 248.5 two thousand silver, ten hosts battle, and civilian worker. Great gratitude temple construction very fastidious, fully in accordance with the standards of the palace building, glittering, bright day and night. The whole temple very grand scale, has more than 30 DianGe, monastery between 148, 118 rooms, the room 38 bungalows, is the largest scale and highest specifications in the history of Chinese temple, for the first of the temple. [5-7]
Great gratitude temple coloured glaze pagoda is as high as 78.2 meters, perfect with coloured glaze firing, inside and outside the tower one hundred and forty-six pilot burner, and built to failure was the highest building in China, is also a world miracle in the history of architecture, at the top of the seven wonders of the world of the middle ages, was in the west as a signature on behalf of the Chinese architecture, with "of Chinese antiques, yongle of the kiln" reputation, known as the "day the first tower". [8-9]
In 2008, from the great gratitude temple predecessor long dry temple unearthed from the underground to shock the world and the Buddhism of the world's only a serious bone "Buddha", "induction sarira", "worthy andother" and "shippo ashoka tower" and so on a large number of world-class cultural relics and holy [10 to 13], is China's highest specifications, the largest and best-preserved temple ruins . In 2011, named "2010 national top ten archaeological discoveries of the year" (15 to 16). Published in 2013, is approved by the state council for the national key cultural relics protection unit . At the end of 2015, the great gratitude temple ruins park officially opened.