Shitennoji Temple in Osaka, Japan (Modern Reconstruction)

Title

Shitennoji Temple in Osaka, Japan (Modern Reconstruction)

Description

Founded by Prince Shotoku in 593 C.E., Shitennoji is dedicated to the Shitenno, or the four heavenly kings. Although the current structure is a modern reconstruction, the original building was built at the end of lengthy war that took place in the sixth century between the pro-Buddhist Soga clan (with whom Shotoku took sides) and the anti-buddhist Mononobe clan. During this war Shotoku Taishi made a promise to his allies that he would build a temple of the Mononobe clan was defeated; upon the demise of the clan in 587 C.E., constructed was started.

This temple serves as an example of the profound influence rulers had on Japan's cultural output. By constructing a Buddhist temple with non-traditional stylistic features, Shotoku Taishi set the standard for future projects and shaped the architecture of later generations.

Source

http://oldphotosjapan.com/photos/9/osaka-1880s-shitennoji-temple

Files

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Date Added
May 7, 2011
Collection
Architecture
Item Type
Still Image
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Citation
“Shitennoji Temple in Osaka, Japan (Modern Reconstruction),” Artists, Patrons, and Japanese Art, accessed November 24, 2017, http://artistandpatrons.omeka.net/items/show/5.