Todaji is a huge temple complex, famous for holding the biggest statue of Buddha in Japan.
Todaji was founded in the middle of the eighth century, when Nara became the capital, as the head temple of all Buddhist temples in Japan. Soon after that, the temple concentrated so much power, that the political leaders moved the capital of Japan to Nagaoka in order to avoid interferences from the religious leaders in Todaji.
In the picture you can see part of the main gate to the temple.
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