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"In Xanadu did Kublai Khan a stately pleasure dome decree..." so starts the famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and he goes on to describe something so fantastical that it has become part of modern legend. It has tended to become an "anything goes" fantasy which is open to anyone's interpretation. Some of the stuff inspired by it is a bit shallow when compared with the power of the original.

Kublai Khan the leader of the Mongol Empire existed in fact, and was grandson of Genghis Khan. He was visited by the explorer Marco Polo. Whether Kublai Khan had a huge dome built is another matter, but even if Coleridge made it all up or was inspired by a vision of somewhere else, it is a powerful image.

Also see:


Poem; Kublai Khan

Other things called "Xanadu"

Domes; huge; built for fun