Nio with Brush::Todai-ji, Nara, Japan::
Nio with Brush
Great Buddha Hall #1::Todai-ji, Nara, Japan::
Great Buddha Hall #1
Nio with Pagoda::Todai-ji, Nara, Japan::
Nio with Pagoda
Buddhist Monk #2::Todai-ji, Nara, Japan::
Buddhist Monk #2

Todai-ji is famous for the huge bronze Buddha. The magnificent temple (completed in 752) was built to reflect his importance. The Hall of the Great Buddha was burned in fires in 1180 and 1567, and the current building is actually the third generation structure from 18th century. Its measurements: length 57 m (1087 ft), width 50 m (166 ft), height 49 m (160 ft). The width of current building is approximately 33% smaller than that of original structure, but the Great Buddha Hall in Todai-ji still ranks as the largest wooden structure in the world.

The statue of Vairocana Buddha("Buddha that shines throughout the world like the sun") was made of cast bronze, originally plated with gold. It was consecrated in 752 in the most splendid ceremony. An Indian priest especially invited for this occasion painted eyes of the image. Guests throughout Buddhist world presented rich gifts.

The Great Buddha was damaged and repaired several times. His head fell off twice in earthquakes; current hands were made in 16th century. The statue's body height is 14.5 m/49 ft., his head is 5 m/18 ft. long and ear is 2.5 m/8 ft. long. Vairocana Buddha at Todai-ji temple in Nara, Japan is the world's largest bronze statue.

Great Buddha #2::Todai-ji, Nara, Japan::
Great Buddha #2

© 2001 Maciej Swulinski