Horyu-ji Temple, Horyu-ji Sannai, Ikaruga-cho, Nara Prefecture: detail of the roofs
|Library Reference||Barr 19-01-09|
|Colour Info||Black and white|
|Credit||John Barr / RIBA Collections|
|Subject||Temples ; Timber construction ; Roofs|
NOTES: Founded in the 7th century the Horyu-ji Buddhist Temple is considered to be one of the oldest extant wooden buildings in the world. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. A massive restoration programme was begun in 1934 and not completed until 1985. The temple complex is made of two areas, the Sai-in in the west and the To-in in the east. It also encompasses a five-storey pagoda and the main hall, known as the Kondo, both located in the western half of the complex.
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