Terracotta Army Museum, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the Lintong District, Xi’an, China. The army sculptures were meant to protect the first Emperor of China, named Qin Shi Huang, in his afterlife after his burial.
The army was initially buried and forgotten for hundreds of years; until it was discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well. The sculptures include sculptures of army generals, warriors, horses, and even chariots. Although the collection is known to depict an army, there are other figures as well, which include musicians, officials, strongmen, and even acrobats.
The soldiers and other sculptures buried with the Emperor are made of clay, but they are based on real warriors. In total, more than 8,000 soldiers were buried with the emperor to watch over him in his afterlife.
The Emperor rose to power when he was only 13 years old. After taking the throne, he ordered this project, which took nearly 40 years to complete. He ruled from 247 BC to 210 BC.
Seeing this ambitious collection of artworks is an experience most people will live to remember. Having been around for thousands of years, the Terrracotta army carries with it lots of history.
The museum offers a unique insight into how Chinese emperors were like, and how much they prepared for the afterlife. The collection should also help give you an insight into the brilliant and deep Chinese art culture.
The clay army has survived centuries of burial, looting and other challenges that have made it unlike any other collection of artworks in the world. That is partly why the museum was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some have called it the eighth wonder of the world.
Otherwise, the Terra Cotta Army Museum is also known as “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses” can be accessed easily with a taxi or even a bus from Xian Railway Station.