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Todaiji is Nara's biggest attraction. This is a Buddhist temple, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara.

The beginning of building a temple where the Tōdai-ji complex sits today can be dated to 728,when Emperor Sho-mu established Kinshōsen-ji as an appeasement for Prince Motoi.Todaiji is a Buddhist temple complex,that was one of the powerful Seven Great temples.

Todaiji meaning the Eastern Great Temple. The main gate is Nandaimon dating from 1199. Daibutsu-den is the hall of the Great Buddha. This hall is the largest wooden building in the world. And this Great Buddha is world's largest bronze figure, 16.2meters (53.1ft), compared with the 11.4meters (37.4ft) of the great Buddha in Kamakura.The Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsuden) has been rebuilt twice after fire.

Sika deer regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely.