Kyoto's Kiyomizu Temple
One of Kyoto's most famous temples, Kiyomizu stands on Higashiyama Hill. Founded in 807 AD, the temple is dedicated to Juichi-men, the 11 headed Kannon (Goddess of Mercy). Its present buildings were rebuilt in 1633 by order of Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa Shogun. The Main Hall is the major attraction due to its broad wooden veranda which juts out over a wooded canyon. Supported by 139 wooden pillars, 15 metres high, it gives a panoramic view of Kyoto and of the woods around the temple. It is the source of the Japanese proverb, "Jumping from Kiyomizu Veranda" which means to take a determined step.
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