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Six Gardens in Nara Described by Frois and Others

  • Cristina Castel-Branco
  • Guida Carvalho
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Abstract

Nowadays, four-and-a-half centuries after this Portuguese Jesuits described the ancient capital, Nara is a modern touristic city with a noteworthy number of historic temples, landmarks and national monuments. A sightseer in Nara today will inevitably visit four of the existing temples that the Portuguese Jesuits described: Kofuku-ji Temple, Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and finally Todai-ji. One of those early Portuguese descriptions refers to an as-yet unnamed temple that we tried to identify, and the last one describes the Tamon Castle that, sadly, no longer exists. This chapter provides a historical account of these national treasures, comparing the present state of the temples and/or surrounding landscapes with their 450-year-old descriptions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Castel-Branco
    • 1
  • Guida Carvalho
    • 2
  1. 1.Landscape Architecture Professor; Department of Natural Resources and Landscape, School of AgronomyUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.ACB Landscape Architecture StudioLandscape Architect, MLA University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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