A black-and-white photograph showing the entrance to the Temple of the Ancestors (Taimiao 太廟) under Mei Hill (Meishan 藝山) or “Coal Hill” in the Forbidden City (Gugong 故宫 or Zijincheng 紫禁城) in Beijing. It was dedicated to the worship of the imperial ancestors. The wooden entrance is in the form of a three-part memorial triumphal arch (pailou 牌樓).
The photograph is the 281st of 449 photographs of Beijing and its surroundings in the album of Ivan Skušek Jr., purchased during his stay in Beijing (1914–1920). In the handwritten inventory of the album, the photograph is referred to as Ahnen-Tempel: Tor. (DZ, MV)