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Monumental temple of the Kegon sect of Japanese Buddhism, located in Nara, Japan. The main buildings were constructed in 745–752 under the emperor Shomu, marking the adoption of Buddhism as a state religion. The Great Buddha Hall, built within a 2-sq-mi (5-sq-km) enclosure, measured about 288 by 169 ft (88 by 52 m) and, as restored today, is the largest wooden building in the world. The 53-ft (16-m) Great Sun Buddha was installed in 752. The Shosoin is a repository for more than 9,000 works of art from the Nara period and more than 600 personal effects of Shomu.
Variants of TODAI TEMPLE
Todai Temple Japanese Todai-ji
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