Публикации с меткой «Kyoto»

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 

Nijo Castle

Category: Japanese castles, World Heritage Sites of Japan. Tags: , , ,

Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa (Edo) shogunate (1603-1867). His grandson Iemitsu completed the castle’s palace buildings 23 years later and further expanded the castle by adding a five story castle keep.

After the Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867, Nijo Castle was used as an imperial palace for a while before being donated to the city and opened up to the public as a historic site. Its palace buildings are arguably the best surviving examples of castle palace architecture of Japan’s feudal era, and the castle was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994.

Corner Turret of Nijo Castle

Corner Turret of Nijo Castle

More info and pictures in e-book World Heritage Sites of Japan and in e-book Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto