Daqin Pagoda - one of the oldest existing Nestorian churches in China
Last Update: 20th June 2019
What is the Daqin Pagoda?
Formerly known as “Zhenxian Pagoda”, Daqin Pagoda is located at the northern foot of Zhongnan Mountain, 20 kilometers southeast of Zhouzhi County, Xi'an. With a history of more than 1,300 years, it was originally built in the Tang Dynasty.
Daqin Pagoda Fast Facts
What to expect at the Daqin Pagoda
Daqin Pagoda is situated more than 70 kilometers from Xi’an City. In the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), Rome was called “Da Qin” by Chinese. The Nestorian church was named “Daqin Temple”. The pagoda is octagonal. The seven-storeyed pagoda was built in hollow bricks with a diameter of 10.86 meters inside. The door on the ground floor is 1.38 meters wide. The wall of the ground floor is 4 meters deep.
There are two small arches in two walls on every floor from the first floor to the four floor. But the top of the ground floor is closed. Therefore, visitors can’t walk the stairs to the top of the pagoda. The axis of the pagoda is 2.7 meters away from the vertical line. Visitors can admire the Nestorianism clay sculptures, ancient Syrian inscriptions and the picture of Nativity scene.
Best time to visit the Daqin Pagoda
The best months to visit Daqin Pagoda are from March to May, and from September to October.
How to get to the Daqin Pagoda
As Daqin Pagoda is located at the foot of a mountain, its transportation network is underdeveloped. Therefore, there is only a few options.
- Rent a vehicle from Xi’an or Xianyang. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take a bus from Xi’an Bus Station to Zhouzhi County. Then, take Bus 106 or Bus 101 to the Stop of Lumacun (鹿马村站). Then walk to the pagoda. The stop is around 2.3 kilometers from the pagoda.
- Take a bus from Xianyang Bus Station to Zhouzhi County. Then, take Bus 106 or Bus 101 to the Stop of Lumacun (鹿马村站). Then walk to the pagoda. The stop is around 2.3 kilometers from the pagoda.
Additional Daqin Pagoda Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 24 hours.
- As at 20th June 2019, visitors can visit the pagoda for free. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)