The Imperial Palace in China, also referred to as the Forbidden City, is an ancient architectural complex located in the heart of Beijing. It is also called the Palace Museum, as it has become China's largest museum of cultural relics.
Constructed between 1406 and 1420, the Imperial Palace in China held 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. This center is the largest and most intact complex of ancient architecture that exists today.
The Forbidden City covers a total area of about 720,000 square meters and its layout is symmetrical; the buildings form a line from north to south, forming a central axis running through all of old Beijing city, with the imperial throne located at the center of the axis.
Most buildings in the palace wooden, sitting upon blue and white foundations of stone and roofed with yellow-glazed tiles. The palace is surrounded by stone walls, with three-story towers at each corner and a moat surrounding the palace.
The complex is also referred to as the Palace Museum, exhibiting relics, artwork and sculptures.
In 1987, the Imperial Palace in China was added to the world cultural heritage list.