Friday, November 8, 2013

A Japan Photo per Day - Blue Dragon Tower

Soryu-ro (Blue Dragon Tower), Heian Shrine, Kyoto
There are not many constructions in Japan built in a traditional Chinese-style architecture. One beautiful example is the tower in this photo, Soryu-ro (the “Blue Dragon Tower"), built at the end of the 19th century as a replica of the old Imperial palace from Heian-kyō (today’s Kyoto).

The original palace was built at the beginning of the Heian Period (794 - 1185AD), a period when the Chinese architecture was quite common in Japan. Actually, the entire Heian-kyō city was inspired by the Chinese capital of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907AD), Chang’an.

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