Yakushiji - Temple as a World Heritage

Late in the 7th century ( A.D.680), the erection of Yakushiji was planned by Emperor Temmu

to pray for the recovery of his Empress from a serious illness.

The construction of Yakushiji on the site of Asuka, was not completed before the Emperor's death.

The whole compound was completed in 698.

But it was only ten years later that the Capital was moved to the north of Nara(in 710),

and Yakushiji was also moved to the present site in 718.

After several damages, only the Yakushi - Triad in the Kondo, the Sho-Kannon in the Toindo,

and the East Pagota recall the grandeur of its original features.