Buddhist monuments of the Horyuji area
The Horyu-ji area is related most famously to Prince Shotoku (Shotoku Taishi) (574-622), who exerted great influence on Japanese Buddhist history. Outstanding Buddhist monuments and cultural assets from the 7th to 19th centuries, through the Asuka, Nara, Heian, Kamakura, and Muromachi eras, including the world's oldest wooden buildings, are concentrated in Horyu-ji. It has been recognized for its rich heritage due to excellent efforts in preservation. Many architectural styles are influenced by the contemporary continental culture of the time and evidence how actively cultural exchanges were in those days. This is the first site in Japan to be designated a World Heritage site.
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