Monuments of Ancient Kyoto:
World Heritage Site of UNESCO
was established in 794 as Heian-kyo and remained official capital
of Japan for more than 1,000 years until Meiji Restoration and
following transfer of the imperial court to Tokyo in 1869. Kyoto
today is the third largest city in Japan and boasts the highest
density of the historic monuments.
1994, UNESCO designated 17 historic monuments located in Kyoto
and nearby cities of Uji and Otsu as World Heritage Site. This
includes 13 Buddhist temples, 3 Shinto shrines and a castle. Among
the 198 structures mostly constructed or designed during X-XVII
cc., 38 are designated as National Treasures (the highest status
of tangible cultural assets in Japan) and 160 as Important Cultural
book is lavishly illustrated by photos mainly shot by the author.
It should be interesting for travelers, those who love Japanese
history, culture and architecture and for everybody who wants
to know more about our diverse world.
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