In 1974, farmers digging a well stumbled across a life-size clay soldier ready for battle. Upon further excavation, over 8000 clay soldiers were discovered, each with unique facial expressions, clay horses and wooden chariots. This “army” was, in fact, arranged to protect the tomb of China’s first Emperor Qin. This unique expression of honor is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the focus of a temporary exhibition in Lisbon, Terracotta Army: Guerreiros de Xian.



The exhibition reproduces to scale 150 figures, warriors and fighting horses. Interactive elements include a full color diorama of the original moat where this discovery was found and a documentary on the excavation in Spring 1974. Hands-on workshops for children raise awareness on Chinese history, culture and art through a mini archaeological site, Chinese calligraphy and painting.

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The Terracotta Army – The Warriors of Xi’an is on exhibition until September 10, 2017 at Lisbon’s Cordoaria Nacional.

For more information, visit the Terracotta Army website.

Cordoaria Nacional
Rua Da Junqueira, 342
Lisboa, Portugal

Monday to Friday – 10:00 to 18:00
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays – 10:00 to 20:00

Adults – €11:00
Children (ages 3-12) – €8.00

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