Kohfukuji Temple

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Nara Kohfukuji Temple | Fujiwara Family Temple

Nara Kohfukuji Temple | Fujiwara Family Temple

Kohfukuji Temple was founded in 669 by Emperor Tenji. The temple was built when Kagami-no-Okimi, the wife of Fujiwara-no-Kamatari, prayed for her husband's recovery from illness. This tradition of building temples for their consort's recovery from illness was not uncommon. As a family temple of the powerful Fujiwara family, Kohfukuji Temple was of great significance to the entire town. The temple served not only religious purposes but also had great political power over the government. The temple was burnt down several times through fire but was reconstructed for the most part. Today Kohfukuji Temple's five story pagoda is Japan's second tallest pagoda.

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