Tōshōdai-ji

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Tōshōdai-ji
唐招提寺
Toshodaiji Nara Nara pref01s5s4290.jpg
The Golden Hall (kondō), a National Treasure
Information
Denomination Risshū
Venerated Rushana-butsu (Vairocana)
Founded 759
Founder(s) Jianzhen (Ganjin)
Address 13-46 Gojō-chō, Nara, Nara Prefecture
Country Japan
Website http://www.toshodaiji.jp/
Lecture Hall

Tōshōdai-ji (唐招提寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Ritsu sect in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The Classic Golden Hall, also known as the kondō, has a single story, hipped tiled roof with a seven bay wide facade. It is considered the archetype of "classical style."

It was founded by a Chinese Buddhist monk named Jianzhen during the Nara period in the year 759. Jianzhen was hired by the newly empowered clans to travel in search of funding from private aristocrats as well.

Tōshōdai-ji is one of the places in Nara that UNESCO has designated as World Heritage Site "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara".

Building list[edit]

  • Golden Hall - National Treasure of Japan. It was built at the Nara period (710 to 794).
  • Korō - National Treasure of Japan.  It was rebuilt in 1240.
  • Kōdō (Lecture Hall) - National Treasure of Japan. It was built at the Nara period (710 to 794).
  • Hōzō (Treasure House) - National Treasure of Japan. It was built at the Nara period (710 to 794).
  • Kyōzō (Sutra Storehouse) - National Treasure of Japan. It was built at the Nara period (710 to 794).
  • Mieidō - Important Cultural Property.
  • Raidō - Important Cultural Property.
  • Shinden - Important Cultural Property.
  • Nandaimon

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Coordinates: 34°40′32.11″N 135°47′5.40″E / 34.6755861°N 135.7848333°E / 34.6755861; 135.7848333