Tōshōdai-ji

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Tōshōdai-ji
唐招提寺
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The Golden Hall (kondō), a National Treasure
Basic information
Location 13-46 Gojō-chō, Nara, Nara Prefecture
Affiliation Risshū
Deity Rushana-butsu (Vairocana)
Country Japan
Website http://www.toshodaiji.jp/
Architectural description
Founder Jianzhen (Ganjin)
Completed 759
Lecture Hall

Tōshōdai-ji (唐招提寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Risshū 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 in 759 by the Tang dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen during the Nara period. 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".

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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