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    Nara + Todaiji Temple

    Brian Butterfield
    Aug 13, '10 11:52 PM EST

    Todaiji was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower the temple's influence on government affairs.


    Not only does Todaiji housse Japan's largest Buddha, but it is also the world's largest wooden building, even though the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple's size.

    Pretty imposing, and after the numbing effects of countless temple visits in Kyoto, this structure renewed my sense of awe (and not just because it is gigantic). The carpentry, engineering, and design are very impressive, and the ability to partially redesign and reconstruct a building of this size, numerous times over more then a millenium and have this be the outcome is an impressive feat.








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