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Todai-ji Temple

The Eastern Great Temple

Famed for its Great Buddha Hall, the world's largest wooden building that also houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha, the Todai-ji Temple or Eastern Great Temple is a historic landmark of Nara ever since its construction in 752 AD. As the head temple of all provincial temples in Japan, it played a pivotal role in the country and was once so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka to lower the temple's influence.

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