World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

Inscribed: 1998

Components

Main data

Name of Property
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Components
Tôdai-jiKôfuku-jiKasuga-TaishaKasugayama Primeval ForestGangô-jiYakushi-jiTôshôdai-jiNara Palace Site
Place
Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Tentative List Submission
Tentative List Submission: 1992
Nommination
Nommination: Jun/1997
Inscribed
Inscribed: Dec/1998
Criteria
(ⅱ)(ⅲ)(ⅳ)(ⅵ)
Municipality
Cultural Resource Utilization Division, Nara Prefecture
Municipality Website
http://www.pref.nara.jp/miryoku/ikasu-nara/en/sekai/
(Nara Prefecture)
UNESCO Website
https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/870
Photo
Photographer: Tatehiko Yano

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Explanation

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.