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The Daibutsu temple Kotoku-in Kamakura

The Daibutsu of Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura.

The back of the Kamakura Daibutsu

View of the back of the Daibutsu temple Kotoku-in.

Kamakura Daibutsu

The face of Buddha Amitabha.

The giant bronze

For nearly eight centuries, the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) of Kamakura has intrigued and captivated crowds. The fruit of the introduction of Zen Buddhism in Japan, it is now the symbol of the city.

A little out of the city center, Kotoku-in temple jealously hides what, for centuries, has made it so successful: a majestic bronze Buddha 11.3 meters high and 121 tons, enthroned imperturbably among thousands of visitors.

Upon entering the premises, the view of the headdress of the imposing Amitabha Buddha , beyond the trees and the temple, quickly help you forget the long "Daibutsu Trek" through the quiet streets of the city, which is necessary to get here.

Devoted to zen

With the introduction of Zen Buddhism on the archipelago in the thirteenth century, temples flourished in large numbers in the city, which was then the capital. It was in this context of openness and cultural extension that the Great Buddha of Kamakura - whose construction was ordered by the shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo in 1252 - came to be.

This Daibutsu, slightly smaller than its cousin Nara on which it is based, is one of the largest bronze statues in the country.

Imperturbable Buddha

Once housed in the Daibutsu-den Hall, it was only after a violent tsunami in 1498, that the Great Buddha, which remained intact, found himself homeless. If over time he has lost his bright golden color, he is none the less impressive.

To unravel the mysteries of his imposing stature, step inside the monument and find out how the different parts of the Buddha are assembled ...

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