Chinese pagoda submitted as relic

May 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

BEIJING, May 15 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities said Sunday they will finish the application for the Sakyamuni Pagoda to be included on the UNESCO list of cultural relics by 2013.

The officials in north China's Shanxi Province said they have allotted more than $4.59 million to improve the environment around the state-protected Sakyamuni Pagoda, also known as the Yingxian Pagoda.

The octagonal pagoda stands 221 feet tall and was built in 1,056 A.D. during the Liao Dynasty.

It is said to be the oldest full-wooden pagoda of its kind in the world and is still standing after earthquakes and wars although a tilt is said to worry architectural experts, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.

The application was submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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