Takaoka Daibutsu

 
Takaoka Daibutsu: The Great Buddha of Takaoka
This giant bronze Buddha, the third largest in Japan, is the last in an ill-fated series of statues.
Although a large image of the Buddha has been located in Takaoka since at least 1221, the particular giant Buddha itself has been replaced many times. In 1745, a priest at the Gokurakuji temple carved a Great Buddha out of wood and painted it gold, but this particular Daibutsu was destined to burn, and then the next one burned, and the next one, and in 1900, a great fire completely destroyed the last wooden Daibutsu in Takaoka.

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