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The following is copied from this Todaiji Temple handout:
Todaiji Temple was built in the Nara period (710-794AD) at the behest of Emperor Shomu (r.724-749). The temple was officially positioned as one of the many state-established provincial temples. However, since the chief object of worship of the temple is Variocana Buddha ("Buddha that shines throughout the world like the sun"), a magnificent temple was built to reflect this importance.
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The Great Buddha Hall was burned in the fires of was in 1180 and 1567, and the current building is actually the third generation structure, which was built in the Edo period (1615-1867). The width of the current building is approximately 33% smaller than that of the original structure, but it is still ranks as the largest wooden structure in the world.


Great Buddha Hall is listed as Japanese national treasure (width -- 57.01m; depth—50.48m; height – 48.74m)
The Octagonal Lantern at the front of the Hall is listed as Japanese national treasure as well (height 4.62m)

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