Kamakura Daibutsu 1bis

The seated Buddha, Amida Nyorai, known by the familiar name of the Kamakura Daibutsu, is the principal deity of Kotoku-in Temple. It is a national treasure.

Construction of the Daibutsu began in 1252 and continued for approximately ten years. The costs of construction of the Daibutsu were met by the priest Joko who successfully persuaded members of the community to make the necessary donations.

Among the records of the temple, the name of Hisatomo Tanji appears as a craftsman responsible for the casting of the Daibutsu, and a man known as Grouemon Ohno appears in the temple lore, but the designer of the original model and many other details surrounding the construction remain unknown to this day.

It is believed that the hall which housed the Daibutsu was twice destroyed by strong winds in 1334 and 1369, and was not rebuilt again.

Height including the the pedestal: 13.4m
Height of the cast: 11.3m
Weight: 121tons

(Information from the entrance ticket)

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