The largest wooden structure in the world contains the largest Buddha statue of its kind and it is surrounded by numerous deer that beg for food from visitors.
Nara is today a city of about 400,000 residents largely unknown outside Japan, but in 710 became capital of the Empire of the Rising Sun.
At that time, epidemics and natural disasters devastated the country, so the emperor ordered the construction Sh?mu there a great Buddha. Legend has it that 2,180,000 people worked in construction and 420,000 others made ??contributions.
So was the colossal statue of bronze production consumed in the country for several years, leading to bankruptcy.
Today, neither the church nor the statue are the originals.
The temple was burned several times, so although it was rebuilt and today is smaller than the original, it’s 56 meters, 50 meters wide and 50 long, so do most wooden structure in the world.
As for the Buddha, revised several times by the damage caused mainly by earthquakes, is the largest Buddha Vairochana the world’s fifteen feet, his face is almost eighteen feet and hair are composed of 966 spheres bronze.
In the gardens of the temple, sika deer inhabit, officially protected as national treasures and are considered messengers of the Shinto gods.
To feed them some cookies are sold popularly known as deer food.
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