UNESCO World Heritage Site #2: Historical Monuments of Nara

Daibutsu of Todai-Ji at Nara, Japan

Photo By: Joshua Hawley

Daibutsu in Todai-ji, the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha or simply Daibutsu, considered one of Japans 3 great buddhas. This statue is housed in Todaiji which is the world’s largest wooden building located in Nara, Japan. Part of the UNESCO Historical Monuments of Ancient Nara.

Nara served as the capital of Japan from 710 to 784, a period in which it enjoyed great prosperity and emerged as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. Dedicated a UNESCO site in 1998, the art and architecture of The Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara display the development of Japanese culture and politics.