The Great Buddha
The DAIBUTSU (Great Buddha) was completed in 1252. The original bronze image was sheltered within a wooden hall of immense dimensions, but the hall was subsequently destroyed in 1335 during a large storm. The hall was reconstructed, only to be blown down again during a typhoon in 1368. The fourth and final reconstruction of the hall remained standing until 1495, when an unprecedented tsunami washed away the structure but left the bronze image largely intact. The 26th abbot of the Great Head Temple Zojo-ji tried to have the lost hall rebuilt during his tenure, but the project was abandoned after his death in 1718. Since then, there have been no efforts to reconstruct the lost hall. The Giant Buddha sits in Kamakura, aged by time and the elements, staring out over the sea.