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130601-0024 - Todaiji Great Buddha Hall


Nara Meiji 1900s Unknown
The Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) of Todaiji, a Buddhist temple in Nara, surrounded by scaffolding for repairs. The large scale restoration was launched in 1891 (Meiji 24) and completed in 1913 (Taisho 2). By the late 19th century the building was in danger of collapse. It was completely dismantled and reconstructed. The project became an important symbol of the Law for the Preservation of Old Shrines and Temples (古社寺保存法, Koshaji Hosonho), promulgated in 1897 (Meiji 30) and helped the nation to reevaluate traditional Japanese architecture.

Original text: “The top most roof & scaffolding for great repairing og Daibutsuden, Nara ( height of ridge 165 feet ) | 奈良大仏殿大修繕上屋及足代(棟高十六丈五尺)”
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