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Horyu ji Temple World Heritage Site

 
Horyu ji Temple World Heritage Site Horyu-ji Temple is inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site as the world's oldest existing wooden structure. It was founded by a group of people that included Prince Shotoku, a son of the Emperor Yomei, in dedication to his father in the early 7th century. Horyu-ji Temple is also called Ikaruga-dera Temple, as it is located in Ikaruga-cho in the northwestern part of Nara Prefecture. It is said that it was burned down once, but then reconstructed by the early 8th century. Because it has swollen center pillars similar to the Greek 'entasis' style employed in the pantheons of Greece, it is a precious structure in terms of cultural propagation, as well as in architectural history. The Nandai-mon Gate building is at ...
 

Nara Koen Park World Heritage Site

 
Nara Koen Park World Heritage Site In 728, the Emperor Shomu, who placed great importance upon Buddhism, founded Todai-ji Temple, now inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site. It is a head temple, ruling the other 68 Kokubun-ji temples (branch temples) scattered throughout the country, and it is said that it was called "Himugashi-no-Odera," or "large temple in the east," because it was located to the east of the then-capital, Heijo-kyo. Nara-koen Park is located in the center of the city of Nara, extending about 4 kilometers from east to west, and about 2 kilometers from south to north. Many deer graze along the spacious lawns and frolic on the grass. Inside the park area are Todai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga-taisha Shrine and many other ...
 

Nara

 
Nara Nara was the first imperial capital in Japan and today remains one of the country's most important historical and cultural centers. It is a relatively small, intimate city, dominated by the Todai-ji temple complex, which is the primary destination for most visitors. The central temple, the Daibutsu-den, is the largest wooden structure in the world and hosts the famous Daibutsu - an enormous casting of the Buddha, which is itself Japan's largest bronze statue. Todai-ji sits in center of the expansive Nara-koen, a park first established in the late 19th century. There are many other old, famous buildings and sights in the area, but perhaps the most beautiful is the approach to Kasuga Taisha, where stone lanterns line th...
 

 

 

 

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