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Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. During this period the framework of national government was consolidated and Nara enjoyed great prosperity, emerging as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. The city’s historic monuments – Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and the excavated remains of the great Imperial Palace – provide a vivid picture of life in the Japanese capital in the 8th century, a period of profound political and cultural change.

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

iiTo exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. All
iiiTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared. All
ivTo be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history. All
viTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria). All



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Okazaki Shrine 202038.4kmsite_ao
Remains of Rajōmon Gate 202034.9kmsite_ao
Honke Owariya 202038.2kmsite_ao
Izakaya Toyo 202027.9kmsite_ao
Starbucks Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya 202036.3kmsite_ao
Tavern Pachimon Wars 201930.5kmsite_ao
Fudo Myo-o Statue 201930.8kmsite_ao
Maishima Incineration Plant 201939.6kmsite_ao
Takamatsuzuka Tomb 201923.8kmsite_ao
The Grave of Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, One of Japan’s Most Prominent Novelists 201738.9kmsite_ao
Ukiyoe Small Museum 201836.5kmsite_ao
A Japanese Train Station Built to Accommodate an Ancient Tree 201722.1kmsite_ao
Nishiki Market 201737.2kmsite_ao
Kyoto’s Yasui Kompira-gu Shrine Can Make Or Break Your Relationship 201736.5kmsite_ao
A Giant, Abandoned Glass Dome in Osaka Bay 201740kmsite_ao
This Highway in Japan Passes Through Three Floors of an Office Building 201832.1kmsite_ao
Statues of Jizo Are Dressed in Bibs By Grieving Parents 201735.9kmsite_ao
A Medieval Chapel Sticking Out of the Facade of a Japanese Hotel 201731.9kmsite_ao
National Bunraku Theater 197930.3kmsite_brutalism
Fushimi Inari Shrine Ceremonial Hall 33kmsite_brutalism
Cultural Center (today: Rohm Theater) 195738.1kmsite_brutalism
Kyoto Hall 195738kmsite_brutalism
City Hall 18.3kmsite_brutalism
Azuma House 197532.6kmsite_brutalism
City Hall 28.5kmsite_brutalism
Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan 201924.5kmsite_whs
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) 199434.5kmsite_whs
Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area 199311.7kmsite_whs
The Million Yen Temple Experience: Kyoto’s Ninnaji 202039.2kmpost
Osaka tombs to be listed as a World Heritage Site – A Market Journal – Latest news, Updated News, Global News 201935.6kmpost

About the source: UNESCO

Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.

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