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    The Great Buddha of Kamakura, Kamakura Diabutsu, is the common name for the massive copper statue that is housed within the grounds Kotoku-in Temple. Formally known as Amida-butsu (Amitabha Buddha), The Great Buddha of Kamakura weighs 121 tons and is 11.3 metres high or 13.35 meters high if you include the base it is sitting on. The statue is hollow and can be entered by the public. The Great Buddha of Kamakura has been designated a National Treasure. Construction of the Great Buddha started in 1252 during the Kamakura Shogunate, when Kamakura was effectively the capital of Japan. Written records from the time do not make it clear who the designer was, nor who the major donors were.

    While today the Great Buddha is in the open, it was originally housed (enshrined) in a huge wooden hall, Daibutsu-den Hall. The hall was damaged by two typhoons (1334 and 1369) and then completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1498. Since that time the Great Buddha of Kamakura has been exposed to the elements, which have tarnished the surface and caused structural damage.

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    Great Buddha of Kamakura

    Which is the greatest Buddha?

    While the Great Buddha of Kamakura is tall, it isn’t as tall as the Great Buddha in Nara’s Todaiji Temple, which is a wooden construction.

    The main temple gate, Nio-mon Gate, on the site today is not the original design. It is an early 18th century reconstruction of gate that was taken from another site. Kotoku-in Temple belongs to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism.

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