Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
Inscribed :1987 Criteria: C (i) (iii) (iv) (vi)

Justification for Inscription: 
Report of the 11th Session of the Committee

Brief description:
No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed on this archaeological site, not discovered until 1974. Qin, the first unifier of China, who died in 210 B.C., is buried, surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors, at the centre of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan. The small figures, all different, with their horses, chariots and weapons, are masterpieces of realism and also hold great historical interest.

Links with Partner Institutions:
The Museum of Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses

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