It's a Place, a Fine Art Gallery, a Movie, a Song . . . all inspired by an ancient ruin, details on the ...
UNESCO World Heritage list at Xanadu Site Ruins
Located in what is now Inner Mongolia, Xanadu was the cool summer home of the khan of that era. It included both a beautiful marble palace and one made of strong cane, along with a vast and beautiful park where the khan enjoyed riding. In 1872 a Britain with the Legation in Beijing visited the site and found blocks of marble, tiles and other artifacts. But by 1990 everything was gone, probably used by locals in building their town. Only some art now remains in the walls of that town, Dolon Nor.
The name became famous in our times with the revival of the poem Kubla Khan by the English romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Written it in 1797 while he was apparently under the influence of opium, it praises the city built during the period 1252-1256. It was visited in 1275 by Marco Polo who later (1298-99) dictated a description of it in glowing detail. In 1369 it was occupied and burned by an enemy, and then abandoned for several hundred years.
Picture Gallery: UNESCO's details and pictures of remains at the site.
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Xanadu: 1980 Romantic Musical Fantasy Film.
A musical based on the film also opened on Broadway in 2007.
I don't recall either of these. If any readers do their comments will be welcomed.
AND FINALLY . . .
Oilvia Newton John sings "Xanadu". I wonder how the khan would have liked this!