Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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James Blake Wiener
published on 11 January 2018

Founded in 778 CE and rebuilt in 1633 CE, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple ("Kiyomizudera" in Japanese) is situated on Mt. Otowa and its main hall extends over a cliff. It is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy and compassion. Its large, wooden veranda is supported by 139 massive pillars, each 15 m (49 ft) high. In 2017, the main wall was undergoing renovation. This temple is located in Kyoto, Japan.

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About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, January 11). Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera Temple. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James Blake. "Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera Temple." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 11, 2018.

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Wiener, James Blake. "Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera Temple." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 11 Jan 2018. Web. 24 Mar 2023.