Horyu-ji Temple Pagoda - Nara Japan
There is no other Pagoda like this one. It is widely regarded to be one of the oldest wood structures in the world. The old-growth cedar center pole was determined by analysis to have been felled in 594.
There are no nails, bolts or other modern fasteners holding the structure together. The finest joinery and materials have kept it standing down through the centuries despite location in one of the most sysmically active countries on earth. The pagoda is quite flexible although each story rises with accumulated tonnage.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Japan National Treasure.
September 15th, 2012
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