Temple of Hōryū-ji
The Temple of Hōryū-ji or Temple of the Flourishing Law is a japanese buddhist temple. Its full name is Hōryū Gakumonji, Learning Temple of the Flourishing Law, because this site serves as a monastery. It was built on the site of Wakakusadera temple, built by Shōtoku and burned by their enemies. It is built with an axial flatness, formed by a group of buildings which include the Tō or pagoda, the Yumedomo or room of the dreams, and the Kondō or golden hall. It is in chinese style, using first a roof of ceramic tiles. It has many treasures inside, like frescoes, statues, and other artworks.
It has the oldest wooden buildings in the world. This temple is the most revered in Japan. It has two floors, as you can see by the two roofs. The beautiful fences on the top are also made with wood. It is a svelte temple, with a not very remarkable ornate in quantity but yes in terms of modesty.
It is part of the Asuka Period (from 552-710), included in the Prehistoric Period, being the Asuka Period the last, after which formally begins the Ancient Period with the Nara Period.
The Yamato state forged a centralized kingdom following the Chinese model. Buddhism arrived in Japan and had a great impact on the artistic and aesthetic level, also influenced by Chinese art. The architecture, in the form of temples and monasteries, were mostly lost.
Japanese art is an expression of Japanese culture, developed over time in various periods and styles that have been happening in chronological order, parallel to the historical, social and cultural development of the Japanese people. The major art forms have their origin in religion and political power.
In conclusion, this beautiful building stands out above by all its humility, its modesty, and its antique. To me, I love the wooden buildings, are welcoming, and this building in particular is a beautiful expression of Japanese art. Do not forget the complex, the great pagoda next to it is also very impressive.
It is located in Ikaruga, in the Nara Prefecture, Japan.