A five-storied pagoda in Kōfukuji Temple (courtesy of the tourist association of Nara City)

Pictures of noted places of Yamato (courtesy of Nara Prefectural Library and Information Center)

A five-storied pagoda in Kōfukuji Temple

In 730, a five-storied pagoda was built by Queen Kōmyō, who was a daughter of Fujiwara-no-Fuhito (He founded a Buddhist temple called Kōfukuji). It was burnt down five times. The first time was by Taira-no-Shigehira in the end of the Heian Period (794-1185). The present pagoda was reconstructed in 1426. The five-storied pagoda of Tō Temple is the tallest wooden tower. The five-storied pagoda of Kōfukuji Temple is the second tallest. At the beginning of the Meiji Period (1868-1912), Kōfukuji Temple fell into a decline and some people said that it should be sold because there were radical anti-Buddhist movements. Another thought was to burn down the pagoda to remove the metal. However, it did not happen because people in the neighborhood were afraid that the fire would spread and so they opposed the plan.