Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Situated in the original site of Sun Yat-sen's Presidential Office on the southern slope of Yuexiu Hill, it is a memorial building completed in 1931 with the funds raised by the local people and overseas Chinese in memory of Sun Yat-sen, the pioneer of China's democratic revolution. Here was the original place where the governor's house of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces of the Qing Dynasty were seated, and used as the presidential house in which Dr. Sun Yat-sen held the office of provisional president in 1921.
It was designed by the well-known architect of modern China, Lu Yanzhi, who was also the designer of the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum in Nanjing. The building complex is composed of the arch over the gateway, the auditorium, and the several-storied buildings to the east and west. The auditorium is octagonal - in the shape of the palace hall. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has become a symbolic building of Guangzhou.
Then memorial hall emcompasses 61,000 square meters, its floor space being 12,000 square meters. It is 49 meters tall from the ground level to the summit and 22 meters high from the inside ground floor to the top arch. With a diameter of 15 meters, the hall is 71 meters wide each side. The opera stage inside the hall is 19 meters wide and 15 meters long. With two stories, the hall have a seating capacity of 4,792.
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