This is the headpiece of the 2.75 meter stele from
Xian, China erected in 638 AD. Photo credit: David Castor,
Wikimedia Commons. The stele (called "the Nestorian stele") testifies
to a large Chinese Christian community connected to Syrian Christians
further west. It provides a potential link to Christian activity even
further east. Christian symbols were discovered on the beams of the Koryuji
Buddhist Temple, which dates back to 818 AD. It was built on top of a
Christian church building built in 603 AD, which had been ruined by a fire.
The "Church of the East" holds that Christian faith reached Japan by 70 AD.
John M.L. Young's By Foot to China online.
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