The ancient sacrificial altar was first built in the reign of Emperor Zhou of Shang Dynasty (11th century A.D.). After Emperor Wen of Shang Dynasty conquered Mixu state situated in the modern Baili Town district of Lingtai, he ordered to built it for offering sacrifices the Heaven and showing benevolence.
Modern Lingtai nestles at the north facing the south, with 18 meters wide in bottom and 13 meters high. The altar has three-storey, at the top floor there carves the sculptures of Wen emperor, on the walls beside hung large mural paintings, which well represents the grand scenery of Wen emperor attacking the Mi state. And steles in the bottom cloister, where collected over 260 inscriptions and plagues written by ancient and today politicians and personages.