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Izumo Taisha Shrine
出雲大社

Izumo Japan

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began-100
  Finished1744
Building Uses
 - religious
Structural Types
 - lowrise
Architectural Style
 - pagoda style
Materials
 - wood

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof82 ft

Description
This shrine, among the most important in the Shinto religion, is also the oldest, first founded over 2,000 years ago (though legend dates it back to mythological times). Since then, it has been rebuilt numerous times, the last in 1744. At one point the main building stood 50 meters tall, the present one is much smaller. The main building depicted here is but one of many structures in the area, which include other shrine buildings as well as a gate.

The Izumo area is known as the "Country of God" and has many holy sites. This one is dedicated to Okuninushi no Mikoto, the god of marriage and good fortune.

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