Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kiyomizu-dera (Pure Water Temple) is perhaps the most popular of the temples in Kyoto and one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters. The temple’s veranda juts out of the side of a mountain supported by 13-meter-high wooden columns. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

Main Hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Main Hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple

More info and pictures in e-book World Heritages Site of Japan 

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