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Toshodaiji Temple
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national treasures
Nara City
Tenpyo Period
Toshodaiji, which preserves the atmosphere of temple architecture in the Tempyo Culture in the Nara Period (710-794), was the private temple of the Chinese monk Jianzhen (called Ganjin in Japan) who came from Tang to Japan at the invitation of Emperor Shomu in the 8th century. The Kondo, or main hall (national treasure), is the largest example of Tenpyo-style architecture extant, and on its roof, to the left, is an ornamental ridge-end tile dating back to the Nara Period (the right-hand one dates back to the Kamakura Period).
Within the temple compound, there remain many cultural properties including such buildings as the Kodo (lecture hall), drum tower and Kyozo (sutra repository) which all have the rank of national treasures.


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