One of the greatest attractions of China is the Great Wall of China, however, in addition to it, in China there is for some reason a less famous, but nevertheless amazing terracotta army. This army includes 8, 099 statues of terracotta warriors and horses, and these are just the ones that have been found. The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974 near the tomb of the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
This building is truly impressive in its scale and can compete with such a wonder of the world as the Egyptian pyramids. Researchers believe that the emperor needed such an army of clay soldiers to satisfy his imperious ambitions in the afterlife. Moreover, earlier, according to Chinese traditions, it was customary to bury living people with the emperor, these statues became the first experience when they decided to bury clay statues instead of living people, but do not forget that according to some experts, over 70 thousand workers were buried together with the emperor. their families for various reasons (for example, to keep the place secret).
Emperor Qin was very afraid of death and therefore fanatically sought a means of eternal life. Some researchers claim that the emperor sent an army of 8 thousand people to get him the coveted potion of immortality, and while they were on the campaigns, he used mercury pills, which may have become the cause of his death.
The construction of the entire necropolis took 38 years, more than 700 thousand workers and artisans took part in it. It is interesting that the statues of the warriors were made very skillfully, each warrior had his own rank and weapon, individual facial features that expressed different emotions. Subsequently, statues of acrobats, musicians, officials, as well as two bronze chariots were found. The chariots were found 20 meters from the tomb of the emperor, they consist of more than 300 parts and are decorated with precious metals.