Todaiji is an ancient temple complex in Nara, Japan. Founded in 738 CE and officially opened in 752 CE when Nara was the capital, the temple is the headquarters of the Buddhist Kegon sect. The temple has a 500-ton sculpture of the Buddha, best known in Japan as the Nara Daibutsu, which is the largest bronze statue in the world, housed in the largest wooden building in the world. Todaiji is also home to thousands of precious art objects and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • 752
    The Buddhist Todaiji temple is founded at Nara, Japan.
  • 1180
    The Todaiji Temple at Nara is destroyed by fire during the Genpei War.
  • 1195
    The Todaiji temple at Nara, Japan, is restored by the Minamoto clan.