A Visit to the Terracotta Army

Last Tuesday Richmond students went to the Teatre Coliseum to see an exhibition of the Terracotta Army, a depiction of  the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

According to the museum website:

“Found on March 29th 1974 by farmers digging a well, the Terracotta Army is a collection of over 8,000 terracotta figures of differing sizes that were buried as part of the necropolis of Qin Shi Huang (260-210BC), the first Emperor of China. The Emperor believed that the figures, which mainly represent soldiers but also horses, officials, acrobats and musicians, would protect him in the afterlife.”

The pits containing the warriors “held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.”

This was a unique opportunity for the Richmond kids to round out their education on Chinese studies to witness firsthand the wonders of this amazing collection, and to spend the day in Barcelona taking in some of the city’s most famous sights.

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