Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
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||From 710 to 784 Nara was the capital of Japan. The structure of the national government was consolidated during this period and Nara benefitted from great prosperity, coming out as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. The historic monuments of the city (Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and the excavated vestiges of the great Imperial Palace) present a brilliant illustration of 8th century life in the Japanese capital, when the area experienced a deep political and cultural change. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
||1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.