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Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Great Buddha of Tōdai-ji
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii, iv, vi
Reference 870
UNESCO region Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1998 (22nd Session)

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara encompasses eight places in the old capital Nara in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Five are Buddhist temples, one is a Shinto shrine, one is a Palace and one a primeval forest. The properties include 26 buildings designated by the Japanese Government as National Treasures as well as 53 designated as Important Cultural Properties. All compounds have been recognized as Historic Sites. The Nara Palace Site was designated as Special Historic Site and the Kasugayama Primeval Forest as Special Natural Monument. Tōdai-ji, Kōfuku-ji and the Kasugayama Primeval Forest overlap with Nara Park, a Place of Scenic Beauty. UNESCO listed the site as World Heritage in 1998.[1][2]

List of places

Name Type Position Picture
Tōdai-ji (東大寺 Tōdai-ji, Eastern Great Temple) temple KegonKegon Buddhist temple Zōshichō, Suimonchō, etc.
Kōfuku-ji (興福寺 Kōfuku-ji) temple HossouHossō Buddhist temple Noboriōjichō, Takabatakechō
Kasuga Shrine (春日大社 Kasuga-taisha) shrineShinto shrine Kasuganochō
Gangō-ji (元興寺) temple Shingon-RitsuShingon-Ritsu Buddhist temple Chūinchō, Nakanochinyachō, etc.
Yakushi-ji (薬師寺) temple HossouHossō Buddhist temple Nishinokyōchō
Tōshōdai-ji (唐招提寺) temple RitsuRitsu Buddhist temple Gojōchō, Amagatsujiminamichō
Nara Palace Site - Heijō Palace (平城宮 Heijō-kyū) palace imperialImperial Palace Sakichō, Hokkejichō, etc.
Kasugayama Primeval Forest (春日山原始林 Kasugayamagenshirin) primeval forest Kasuganochō, Zōshichō, etc.

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